Leonidas Holding Spear and Shield Statue is a majestic MINIATURE interpretation of this legendary military general and king. He is poised ready for battle. His armor drapery is flowing in movement. He stands with legs separated in a ready to move stance on a base sculpted as raw earth. At the front of the statue is a name plate.
Leonidas Greek Warrior with Spear and Shield Statue is made from cold cast bronze (bronze powder and resin), light color details, and measures 4 in H x 3.5 in W x 2.5 in D. The spear extends taller that the 4 inches at the top of the helmet. PN 8676-4
Leonidas was a fifth century Spartan military king whose stand against the invading Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece is one of the enduring tales of Greek heroism, invoked throughout Western history as the epitome of bravery exhibited against overwhelming odds. After the Persian army of Xerxes invaded Greece, the Spartan army prepared to join the armies of the other Greek states and march to face the Persians. When a religious festival delayed the departure of the army, Leonidas bravely led a small force of Greeks, mostly his Spartan royal guard of 300 soldiers, but also Thespian and Thebans, against the much larger Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae (Pillars of Fire) in 480 B.C. There, Leonidas and his men held the pass for three days (their tight phalanx wall and discipline were no match for the Persians) and was defeated only after a Greek traitor revealed to the Persians the existence of a mountain trail that allowed them to outflank and attack the Greeks from the rear. All the Spartans and Thespians died, including Leonidas. Those three days gave valuable time to the Greek armies to prepare for battle and later to defeat the Persians.
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