Ancient Greece

In this battle in 480 B.C., at least 300 Persian ships were sunk or captured, turning the tide of the Greco-Persian wars in favor of the Greeks.

In this 480 B.C. naval battle between the Persians and Greeks, at least 300 Persian ships were sunk or captured.  This battle thus became a turning point in the Persian invasion of Greece, with lasting consequences for the development of Greek culture and the Mediterranean.

In this battle, which took place in 480 B.C., a force of approximately 300 Spartans under the command of Leonidas I, along with warriors from several other Greek city-states, held off a much larger Persian force for several days at a mountain pass.  Although all Spartans were eventually killed, this battle served as a symbol of Greek resistance in the face of defeat.

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