Agenda: Friday, October 23, 2009

Today we look at the Battle of Thermoopylae  ("The Hot Gates") was very significant in the course of World History.  

We will watch the video "The Last Stand of the 300 Spartans" in class and take notes.  The notes will be used as help in our Philosophical Chairs on Monday in class.  The question will be the same as what we had on the test:  "Where would you rather live - Athens or Sparta?"

The 300 Greek Spartans that make their stand there have been remembered throughout history.  An example of the type of sacrifice is the Battle of the Alamo.  Both ancient and modern writers have used the Battle of Thermopylae as an example of the power of a patriotic army of freemen defending native soil. The performance of the defenders at the battle of Thermopylae is also used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment, and good use of terrain as force multipliers and has become a symbol of courage against overwhelming odds (source. 

Below is the first of 10 videos from Youtube that you can use if you were absent to catch up on what you missed on Friday.  

See the next 9 videos here:
The Last Stand of the 300 Spartans on Youtube

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