300 > Go tell the Spartans March 11, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Movies Life, Movies Life Greek.
Make a pilgrimage to Thermopylae. Two memorials are there. The modern one, called the Leonidas Monument in honor of the Spartan King who fell there, is engraved with his response to Xerxes’ demand that the Spartans lay down their weapons.
Leonidas’ reply was “Molon lave” which means “Come and get it”.
The second monument, the ancient one, is an unadorned stone with the words of the poet Simonides. It’s perhaps the most famous of all warrior epitaphs:
“Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie” and in ancient Greek “O ksein aggellein Lacedemoniois oti tide keimetha tois keinon rimasi peithomenoi”.
Is there any other way other than this one, for us the Greeks to feel proud of our ancient heritage and legacy? I guess, not!