The Battle of Thermopylae
The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between Sparta and the Persian Empire. The Persian Empire was invading Greece, and Athens asked for Spartan support. The Spartans led an army of 7,000 men, and moved to the narrow canyon called Thermopolyae. They were going to defend the pass against the Persians. When the two armies met, though, the Greek forces realized that they were terribly outnumbered, for the Persians had over 20,000 men. The Greek army began to retreat. To buy the bulk of the greek force time, 300 Spartans stayed back to defend the pass. The Persians were amused-until they had lost 1,000 troops. The Spartans never backed down, warding off the enemy again and again. On the 7th day of battle, though, a Greek traitor revealed a smaller pass that led to the rear of the Spartan troops. The Persians attacked from behind, and the rearguard and remaining troops fought to the death, never backing away. Although the Spartans lost, they defeated more troops than the Persians did theirs. Eventually, the weakened Persian army would be chased out of Greece.