Definition of Thermopylae

1. Noun. A famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece.

Exact synonyms: Battle Of Thermopylae
Generic synonyms: Pitched Battle
Geographical relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic



Definition of Thermopylae

1. Proper noun. A narrow pass on the East-central coast of Greece adjacent to the Maliakos Gulf, northwest of Athens. Its name is derived from its hot sulphur springs. It was the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, at which the Spartan King Leonidas stood off, for a time, the Persian armies of Xerxes. ¹

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Literary usage of Thermopylae

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1. A History of Greece: From the Earliest Times to the Roman Conquest : with by William Smith, George Washington Greene (1863)
"Description of the pass of thermopylae. § 11. Leonidas sent with 300 •Spartans and a small body ... Attack and repulse of the Persians at thermopylae. § 13. ..."

2. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1907)
"In this manner the Greeks fought at thermopylae.*1 DISCREPANT ACCOUNTS OF THE DEATH OP LEONIDAS Such is the story of this memorable contest as Herodotus ..."

3. The Great Persian War and Its Preliminaries: A Study of the Evidence by George Beardoe Grundy (1901)
"The striking fact is that he did not use it, but spent his strength on a terrific failure at thermopylae 3. In 224 (vide Polyb. xi. ..."

4. Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical by Christopher Wordsworth (1844)
"thermopylae is now no longer thermopylae, except in the pages of Herodotus. ... The choice of thermopylae as the seat of the Congress of the Amphi- ..."

5. A Smaller Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology, and Geography by William Smith (1878)
"View of thermopylae. thermopylae, often called simply PY- LAE (-arum), ... The pass of thermopylae is especially celebrated 011 account of the heroic ..."

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