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Leonidas king of the Sparta greek alabaster statue

Handmade greek colored alabaster statue of Leonidas, the king of Sparta in defense position, holding his shield and spear

Handmade greek alabaster statue of Leonidas, the legendary Spartan king that fought the Persians, holding his spear and shield. A unique souvenir from Greece!

Leonidas was the king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and the 17th of the Agiad line, a dynasty which claimed descent from the mythological demigod Heracles and Cadmus. His name in Ancient Greek means son of the lion.

He is mostly known for his notable participation in the Second Persian War, where he led the allied Greek forces to a last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) while attempting to defend the pass from the invading Persian army.

More precisely, in August 480 BC, Leonidas marched out of Sparta to meet Xerxes' army at Thermopylae with a small force of 1,200 men (900 helots and 300 Spartan hoplites), where he was joined by forces from other Greek city-states, who put themselves under his command to form an army of 7,000 strong. They faced the Persian army of 70,000 to 300,000, who had invaded from the north of Greece under Xerxes I. 

Leonidas died 19 September 480 BC at the battle and entered myth as the leader of the 300 Spartans. While the Greeks lost this battle, they were able to expel the Persian invaders in the following year.


13 x 22 x 6 centimeters
5.12 x 8.66 x 2.36 inches






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