As in our 21st century funerary customs so it was then and what it is now. On this commemorative bronze stone is an epitaph, translated “”Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.””
Tradition says: Flowers are fleeting; but the use of a stone is to show that the love, honor, memories, and soul of the loved one are eternal.
To continue where I left off on my Blog 23.A.1. are two marble statues on the left and right. In my research, this represent landmarks, the left for a river, the river Eurotas and the right, Mount Taygetos.
In this photo is another symbol, epigram, in memory of Spartan courage. On this hill surrounded by mountains, bushes stands the burial mound of the Spartans at Thermopylae and on which the last of them died. As I stand on this commemorative bronze stone I feel some emotion because this place is actually a graveyard remembering the dead Spartans.
Our next destination after Patras is our sixth, Thermopylae. Thermopylae is a place, a Pass. The Battle of Thermopylae has influenced western popular culture, such as in literature, song, video games and in films: 300 (2006) and 300: Rise of an Empire. In the 2006 film the plot revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) of Sparta, who leads 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian “god-King” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his invading army of more than 300,000 soldiers that took place here.
Another historic location and Wow! I’m actually here. Here is a monument of the Spartan king, Leonidas. I did not include myself in photos- just my husband … the space all around was so manly- strength, courage and bravery. You will find out in my next follow up blogs.
Do you see what’s on the left and right in the picture?