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The Mighty Men of Sparta: The 300

Updated on May 19, 2015

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King Leonidas of Sparta

The Mighty Men of Sparta: The 300

(Inspired by the movie "300")


Oh King Leonidas, thou have boldly taken

Onward to Thermopylae with your valiant men,

Out to meet King Xerxes of Persia

Did you miss your dulcinea?

Who hath patiently waited for thee?

Her indefatigable and relentless loyalty

She hath treaded on faithfully…


The hearth has gone cold so forlorn

Awaiting for your safety return

As fearless as thou be with your 300

Those Immortals you boldly faced

The battle was waged,

No retreat, no surrender the 300 yelled…


Protect Hellenes at all cost

Didn’t matter if all life would be lost

Until Ephialtes made ally with the enemy

And showed them another passage and trapped thee

Up to the last ounce of breath

You marched your life to death…


Did those you protect grieve over their loss?

Or is your life ephemeral you just toss?

But nay, they have trodden the path

You’ve paved for them as such

Formed an alliance, and geared for battle

And trampled on, your 300 became thousands

And fiercely protected the remaining lands

And led the Persians to its shaming debacle…

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    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you Tammy for visiting...have a great day!!!

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      Tammy 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      This story is just captivating. Your poem is inspiring. :)

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      the movie was some time ago, but just have seen recently...thanks for visiting my hub today...

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      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I've seen this movie for the nth time. One of my classic collection.

      A very moving poem highlighting the heroism of the Men of Sparta.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      no worry Justin...maybe because of machismo shown by the poem...lol...

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i'm not sure why i called you brother. must be a typo

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you for finding the movie awesome and this poem awesome...yeah, i find the Spartans great especially their dedication to each other...

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      rLcasaLme 

      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      the movie was awesome. the poem is undeniably awesome as well. It was said that the Spartans are the descendants of Hercules. No wonder they're very skillful and strong.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      lol...yeah, brother PDX...awooo...awooo...

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      love the film and the poem. brother, raci

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you Robert...i do believe in my heart that in my past life i was once a warrior princess for i dreamed of fighting with the devil using my sword...

      thank you vinner for the wonderful comment...and yes the Spartan men are amazing, unequaled...

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      vinner 

      6 years ago from India

      Surely the movie , 300 was an amazing one

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      You have a warrior heart Raci. I imagine your classroom to be filled with adventure and creative teaching. Robert

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Rosemay...thank you!!!Happy new year too!!!if you're not up to violence then it's not the movie for you, but their history is worthy to be looked up to...

      always exploring...learning the Glory that was Greece lets you look back the past and thought of on how these people lived their lives and fought their battles...thank you as always for the support...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Eddy!!! thank you for visiting me today...take care too my friend!!! Good luck!!!

      phdast...Hello...thank you for the sincere comment...it's much appreciated....

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Susan...yeah, i'm familiar with some of those stories, but i haven't actually watched one, Troy of course is familiar to me...i did a research on this before writing the poem...thank you!!!

      Hello Frank...yeah, i agree with you that the cinematography is not that spectacular...what i'm aiming here is to project the admirable traits of Spartans that the modern men need to emulate...thank you for your honest remarks...i've appreciated it very much...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I haven'y seen the movie..Your poetry makes it interesting enough to rent it..Well done..Thank you...

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A fantastic poem although I have not seen the movie.

      happy new year Raci

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nice poem. The film was amazingly over the top. I think I agree with Frank, maybe not an all time classic drama, but am ancient war film well worth renting. :)

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and has to be awarded with an up up and away.

      Take care my friend

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      I did see the movie.. and it really isn't a must-- see.. but a good rent on demand type of movie oourse just my opinion.. like the writing here is a must read..:)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've watched this movie about five times now. I saw in the theaters when it first came out and now watch it whenever I can catch it on TV. Your poem is amazing.

      Have you seen any of the series Spartacus? I am sure you would enjoy it.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Yeah, absolutely a must see movie for it inspires how the Spartans lived and showed courage even it meant death...the Greeks had a very rich culture...thank you for being the first to comment...

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      Sondra 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      I haven't seen the movie because I don't watch television. But if it inspired this beautiful poem I just might need to break my own rules and watch this :)

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