Stelios, Spartan Soldier

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WORLD CIVILIZATIONS TO 15000 Stelios A Spartan Soldier’s story Jason Patterson 3/24/2008
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th , 480 To whoever may find this, I hope you receive this letter in good health and free of Persian rule. My name is Stelios, son of Adrastos and I am a Spartan hoplite soldier. I am going to take the time and explain what a hoplite is since you may not know. I don’t know how long it will be before this letter is discovered. A hoplite is a soldier that has a son at home so his name can live on if he should die in battle CITATION Dav07 \l 1033 . I have a wife named Achilla and a son named Aison at back in Sparta. Aison is eight years old and has been at military school for 1 year. I hope they are still alive and free of those Persian invaders since I doubt I will ever see them again. I am writing this letter to tell of what happened at the battle of Thermopylae against the Persian invaders so the truth will be told. This story was something, I witnessed with my own eyes. The Greek city states decided to band together to fight the Persians since they thought they didn’t have a chance on their own CITATION Dav07 \l 1033 . One of Sparta’s kings, King Leonidas was told that if Sparta didn’t fight the Persians, Sparta would be in ruins or if they fought, Sparta would lose their king by the Delphic oracle CITATION Dav07 \l 1033 . I personally never had the chance to set my own eyes on the Delphic oracle but I believe the oracle is real if King Leonidas says they are. I truly hope they are wrong with what they said about Sparta losing a king especially if that king is Leonidas. He is one of the best kings and soldier Sparta has ever had. King Leonidas decided to do what any Spartan soldier was raised to do and that is to fight. The Greek army was put together was about 5,000 strong with 1,000 Phocians, 700
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HIST 1500 taught by Professor Turner during the Spring '08 term at Youngstown State University.

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