The Warning of Demaratus

After the first invasion of Greece failed, King Xerxes of Persia planed a second invasion against the Greeks. Xerxes looked however to one of his closest advisors for a second opinion. So Demaratus the son of Ariston gave him his view. He said that all the Greeks are brave men however; they should take caution when facing the Spartans. The Spartans would never accept the terms of the Persians’, which was slavery. Furthermore they will meet Persia in the field of battle with as many men as they could muster. Whether it is tens of thousands or only three hundred; the Spartans will fight to the last man. King Xerxes responded incredulousness. He felt that no army would ever be able to defeat his massive force. But, in time the Greeks would prove him wrong.

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