Leonidas as a 50 year old.

Before setting out against the forces of Xerxes, King Leonidas consulted the Oracle at Delphi. He was given the following prophecy: For you, inhabitants of wide-wayed Sparta, Either your great and glorious city must be wasted by Persian men, Or if not that, then the bound of Lacedaemon must mourn a dead king, from Heracles‘…

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Her father is insane—but, I love her.

Leonidas had two older brothers: Cleomenes was the eldest son of his father’s second wife; born after Cleomenes, to the first wife and also, the mother of Leonidas was Dorieus. As children, Dorieus, Leonidas and Cleombrotus, the youngest, were not expected to take over the throne. This was given to Cleomenes. History, upon retrospect; however,…

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