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Leonidas (lēŏn´Ĭdəs), d. 480 BC, king of Sparta. He succeeded (c.491 BC) his half-brother, Cleomenes I. When the Persians invaded Greece under Xerxes (480 BC), Leonidas with 300 Spartans and 5,000 auxiliaries was given the pass at Thermopylae to hold. There was treachery. Most of the Greeks got away, but the Spartans and 700 Thespians refused to flee and were killed. Herodotus immortalized the incident. See Persian Wars.

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Leonidas

Leonidas king of Sparta, commander of the Greeks at the battle of Thermopylae in 480 bc, where he and all his men were killed.

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