WARTIME: A History Series

S02E15: The 300 Spartans, Thermopylae, and Xerxes I

June 5, 2014

More than a decade after the victory at Marathon, Greece found itself under the threat of a new menace. Commanded by the young new Emperor Xerxes I, the Persian Army returned to Europe with over 200,000 men in what was the largest invasion force the world had ever seen. While diplomacy was committed by brute force and sheer numbers, the powerful Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta joined in alliance to confront their new enemy and change Western history forever. On this episode we discuss the Second Invasion of Greece, the 300 Spartans, the Battle of Thermopylae, and the end of the Greco-Persian Wars.

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