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Re: Battle of Thermopylae
Posted by: Edmond Spaeth Date: December 06, 1998 at 14:34:35
In Reply to: Battle of Thermoplyae by Douglas S. Cadwallader of 410

The following three inscriptions are the ones recorded by Herodotus as being on the monument to memorialize the battle of Thermopylae. His written words have been more lasting than the stone as probably few fragments remain. Here are the lapidary poems.

(1) Against three million men fought, in this place,
Four thousand Peloponnesians face to face.

(2) Tell them in Lakedaimon, passer by:
Carrying out their orders, here we lie.

(3) Here great Megistias lies, whom Median men
Killed when they crossed Spercheios; who that day,
Seer as he was, with Sparta's captains then
Knew what was coming, and preferred to stay.

Herodotus writes, "It was the Amphiktyons who set up in their honor the plaques and their inscriptions, except that on the prophet Megistias; but the inscriptions on him was written by Simonides the son of Leoprepes, from personal friendship."

All of this information was gleaned from the book, PERSIA AND THE GREEKS: THE DEFENCE OF THE WEST 546-478 B.C.
by A. R. Burn : St Martins Press, 1962

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