Leonidas of Sparta

King Leonidas of Sparta was one of the two kings of Sparta who ruled in 480 B.C. during the invasion of Greece by Xerces the ruler of Persia. Leonidas and his 300 Spartan hoplites defended the pass of Thermopylae against the Persians for several days, enabling and inspiring the rest of the Greek alliance to fend off the Persian invasion later at the Battle of Salamis.

Armed with a bronze helmet and shield, Leonidas wears his red cloak and plume with honor as he guards the pass against the Persian invaders with his Sarissa spear.

We used the following non-standard pieces to create Leonidas.

Learn more about the world of the Persians and Greeks in Tapestry of Grace, Year 1, Unit 3.

Leonidas of Sparta

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