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The Battle Of Thermopylae Essay

561 words - 3 pages

The Battle of Thermopylae was a hard fought battle between Greece and Persia. The battle lasted three days and the Greeks put up a tough fight, but Xerxes’ army outnumbered the Greeks and won the battle. Persia had a great number of men fighting in this battle, but the exact number is open to debate. Research suggests the number of Persian soldiers in Xerxes’ army was as little as 10,000 to as high as 2.5 million, although the higher number seems to be greatly exaggerated to support the ego of the victor.
Documents A, B, C, and D all state a different number of Persian soldiers in the Battle of Thermopylae. I believe Document B is correct for a couple of reasons. First of all, Document A says there were about 2.3 million Persian ...view middle of the document...

Document B says there was 10,000 men which does make sense because you would be able to transport them through the narrow path. Lastly, they were battling Greece who had a smaller army at the battle so there would be no need for hundreds of thousands of men.
The 4 documents all have different points of view. Document A is written by Herodotus who was a young boy during the Battle of Thermopylae, to get his information he interviewed Greek Veterans of the battle. Ctesias of Cnidus wrote Document B, he worked for the king of Persia. He claimed to have had access to the official Persian archives, which he used to write his own history of the Persian War. Document C was written by Ernle Bradford who was an English Historian. He did not give us any information on where he got the information, he just said it was an excerpt from his book The Year of Thermopylae, published in 1980. Rupert Matthews wrote Document D, he is an English author and politician. He has written over 200 books on history. Matthews doesn’t say where he got his information but he said the following document was an excerpt from his book The battle of Thermopylae: A Campaign in Context, published in 2006. The 4 authors had different points of view but they all wrote about the same battle.
The Persian war of the Battle of Thermopylae was a great war between Persia and Greece, but Persia ended up winning the battle. Persia had about 10,000 soldiers fighting in the battle. The number of Persian men outnumbered the number of Greece men by a lot. In order to get to the battle site you needed to go through a narrow pass so a lower number of soldiers were needed. Document was the most accurate on the number of Persian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Thermopylae.

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