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Posted: 5/27/2001 12:32:37 PM EST
Close as my Latin/English dictionary gets me is Moloere -- "grind" and Labellum -- "lip." I doubt that we're "grinding lips" here. [moon]
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 12:42:27 PM EST
In 480 B.C the forces of the Persian Empire under King Xerxes, numbering according the Herodotus two million men, bridged the Hellespont and marching in their myriads to invade and enslave Greece. In a desperate delaying action, a picked force of three hundred Spartans was dispatched to hold the pass of Thermopylae, where the confines between mountains and sea were so narrow that the Persian multitudes and their cavalry would at least be partially neutralized. Here, it was hoped, an elite force willing to sacrifice their lives could keep back, at least for a few days, the invading millions. Three hundred Spartans and their allies held off the invaders for seven days, until, their weapons smashed and broken before the slaughter, they fought with bare hands and teeth (as recorded by Herodotus) before at last being overwhelmed. The Spartans and their Thespian allies died to the last man, but the standard of valor set by their sacrifice inspired the Greeks to rally and, in that fall and spring, defeat the Persians at Salamis and Plataea and preserve the beginnings of Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle. Two memorials remain today at Thermoplae. Upon the modern one, called the Leonidas monument in honor of the Spartan king who fell there, is engraved his response to Xerxes demand that the Spartans lay down their weapons. Leonidas reply was two words, Molon labe. Come and get them The second monument, the ancient one, is an unadorned stone engraved with the words of the poet Simonides. Its verses comprise perhaps the most famous of all warrior epitaphs: Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here obedient to their laws we lie. ------Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 12:44:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/27/2001 12:43:23 PM EST by osprey21]
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 5:21:48 PM EST
Well done, Gentlemen, well done! [X] [X]
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 5:53:10 PM EST
rough translation= "If you cocksuckers try to take my guns, you'll be fucking bumming bigtime" sorta
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 7:15:27 PM EST
Leonidas definitely had a big pair. Somehow, I doubt that he was walking around the battle with them swinging in the breeze like in the picture. Think the "artiste" may have been a little on the gay side or what? [;)]
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 7:20:52 PM EST
Further proof of the ancient policy of "Don't Ask....Don't Tell".
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 7:23:20 PM EST
That picture illustrates a great way to lose your nads in battle! Gotta protect the family jewels!
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 7:46:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/27/2001 7:56:36 PM EST by BusMaster007]
"Molon" is Asian for "moron". "Labe" is short for "labia", which is what is left of your scrotum if you leave it hanging out in battle... Substitute a couple of words, and you have something that is very impolite to print here. (my apologies for bad taste).
Link Posted: 5/27/2001 8:34:46 PM EST
Beware of Greeks bearing their "gifts".
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