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Leónidas I de Esparta

Data de falecimento: 480 a.C.


Leónidas I ou Leônidas I , Oriundo da dinastia ágida foi rei e general de Esparta de 491 a.c. até a data de sua morte em 480 a.c., durante a batalha de Termópilas. Foi antecedido por seu pai o rei Anaxândrides II, e sucedido por seu filho Plistarco.

Citações Leónidas I de Esparta

„Marry a good man, and bear good children.“

—  Leonidas I
ἀγαθὸν γαμεῖν καὶ ἀγαθὰ τίκτειν In response to his wife's question of what she should do if he died in battle, as he left for Thermopylae; as quoted in the "Sayings of the Spartan Women"*.html in the Moralia Variant translation: Marry a good man, and have good children.

„Go, stranger, and to Lacedaemon tell
That here, obeying her behests, we fell.“

—  Leonidas I
The words of this famous epigram on the Greek monument at the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, written by Simonides of Ceos, have sometimes been presented as if they were literally words of Leonidas.


„Good. Then we'll have our battle in the shade.“

—  Leonidas I
It is said that on the eve of battle, he was told by a native of Trachis that the Persian archers were so numerous that, when they fired their volleys the mass of arrows blocked out the sun. Dienekes, however, quite undaunted by this prospect, remarked with a laugh, "Good. Then we'll have our battle in the shade." Herodotus, in Histories; the remarks of Dienekes have sometimes become attributed to Leonidas.

„Come and get them!“

—  Leonidas I
In response to a demand from Xerxes I of Persia that the Spartan army lay down their arms, at the Battle of Thermopylae, as recorded in Plutarch Apophthegmata Laconica, 225c.11 of the Moralia. Variant: "Come and take them."