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HeroLeonidas was the youngest of three children: Dorieus, Cleomenes (or Kleomenes) and Leonidas, so he was never expected to rise to the throne, therefore he took part in the agoge, the unique training of Sparta usually spared from the royal heirs. Dorieus was born after Cleomenes but was fully legitimate, Cleomenes dealt with him and gained the throne. He ruled successfully for many years before going mad and mutilating himself to death. Thus Leonidas beacame king much to his suprise. He didn't last long. With the impending attack of Xerxes force on the peloponese, Leonidas consulted the oracle and got the answer: 'either a king dies at the walls of Thermoplyae or Sparta falls' a no-brainer really. Leonidas couldn't take all his army as the ephors refused to allow him to interrupt Carniea, a festival to Apollo. Leonidas held out for three days at thrmopylae with 300 Spartans and a collection of men from thespia, Athens, thebes and however felt like helping numbering about 7000 in all. In the morning of the second day, Leonidas sent all but the Thebans home, but the Thespians stayed. He told them (as features in the feature film) to 'eat a full and hearty breakfast, for tonight we dine in Hades'.
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Where is Leonidas from?

Sparta


Where was Leonidas from?

Sparta, Greece


When was King Leonidas of Sparta born?

King Leonidas was born in 44 B.C.


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Gorgo, queen of Sparta, was King Leonidas' wife.


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The state of Sparta.


Who was Sparta's leader?

Leonidas was the leader of sparta.


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To Gorgo, Queen of Sparta


Leonidas was the king of?

Sparta in ancient Greece


When did Leonidas become king of Sparta?

in 490 B.C.


Who said for Sparta in the movie 300?

The Spartan King Leonidas said "This is Sparta!" in the movie 300…


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Leonidas was the king of Sparta and he was famous for his sacrifice in the battle of Thermopylae. His name meant "lion-like"!


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Xerxes


Who was Pleistarchus?

son of Leonidas I ( king of sparta) and gorgo(his queen)


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If you mean King Leonidas, Gerard Butler.


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cause he was freaking awesome


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What leader fought with Sparta against the Persians?

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Who were the family members of King Leonidas of Sparta?

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Who was the greek leader at the battle of thermopylae?

King Leonidas of Sparta.


Who was the king that died that was protecting Sparta from the Persians?

Leonidas was the leader who died defending Sparta and Athens from the Persians.


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Who was king leonides?

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