Thermopylae

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Thermopylae (θəˈmɒpəˌliː)
 
n
(in ancient Greece) a narrow pass between the mountains and the sea linking Locris and Thessaly: a defensible position on a traditional invasion route from N Greece; scene of a famous battle (480 bc) in which a greatly outnumbered Greek army under Leonidas fought to the death to delay the advance of the Persians during their attempted conquest of Greece

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thermopylae

narrow pass on the east coast of central Greece between the Kallidhromon massif and the Maliakos Gulf, about 85 miles (136 km) northwest of Athens. In antiquity its cliffs were by the sea, but silting has widened the distance to more than a mile. Its name, meaning "hot gates," is derived from its hot sulfur springs

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