As any great army that celebrated big victories, the Spartans witnessed some terrible debacles regarding the battlefield, too.
The Spartan troops numbering at least a thousand men were reportedly battered by a small troop of merely 300 men, known as the Sacred Band of Thebes at the battle of Tegyra that played out in 375 B.C., between Sparta and their Greek city-state rival Thebes.
The clash unfolded near a shrine of Apollo in your community, where in actuality the Sacred Band had been led by its then-leader Pelopidas. The thinly numbered guys had been interestingly met because of the much larger Spartan unit, as well as very first, the problem looked hopeless.
Mythological temple associated with Greek god Apollo.
But, Pelopidas ordered their cavalrymen going to an enemy’s exposed flank and grouped their hoplites as a tightly loaded product development.
Bravely fighting, the Sacred Band seemed invincible. They broke the Spartan line, killing their frontrunner quickly.
Marble statue of a helmed hoplite (5th century BC), Archaeological Museum of Sparta, Greece. Picture by de:Benutzer:Ticinese CC BY-SA 3.0
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