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    Posted: 25-Aug-2004 at 04:50
Leonidas was a battlefield hero with guts more than brains while Themistokles managed to defeat the almighty Persian navy between Attica and Salamis with great tactics. I go for Themis
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  Quote Yiannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Aug-2004 at 05:29

Themistokles for me as well. Not only he managed to defeat the Persians but also managed to unite Pelloponesians and the rest of the Greeks, a more difficult task IMO.

His reply to the Spartan admiral Euryviades who was the commanding officer of the fleet (the Spartans always wanted to rule) remained proverbial through history:

Themistokles wanted to fight in the narrow straits of the Saronic gulf but Euryviades disagreed. Themistokles was insisting so much that Euryviades threatened to hit him. Themistokles replied "hit me but listen to me". Sounds better in Greek: "Pataxon men, akouson de"

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  Quote Rebelsoul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Aug-2004 at 05:41

Different people, nothing to compare here.

I do like Themistokles as well, but so I am so politically inclined to consider Alkiviades 10times greater than Alexander so...

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  Quote Gallipoli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Aug-2004 at 06:10

Elleniki Demokratia

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Actually, Αθηναϊκή Δημοκρατία (or, if you don't have Greek characters, Athinaiki Democratia - Demos Atheneon, if you wish to stick to the correct naming too  .

I do like Alkiviades, for another reason: in a book I am reading right now he is described as lover of many women (and few men too) an avid drinker, a renowned opsofagos and a really wild party animal... while at the same time he had the mightiest political mind in the ancient world... quite a man, indeed.

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  Quote Gallipoli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Aug-2004 at 06:20
I wish they could symbolize Themis during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics...many (including me) believe that he saved democracy from distruction...
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  Quote BattleGlory Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Aug-2004 at 16:32
Themistokles does not get the respect he should in Herodotos' Histories.  He was easily the better commander.
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  Quote Gallipoli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Aug-2004 at 07:40
Themistokles was later sent to exile because some wise-ass Greeks at that time decided that he was presenting a danger to the establishment. They thought he would turn out to be a "Despot".
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  Quote ihsan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Aug-2004 at 17:49

Themistokles for sure. That son of a vegetable seller defeated the Akhemenid navy while Leonidas only slowed down the advance of the Akhemenid army.

I wish they could symbolize Themis during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics...

What exactly was in the opening ceremony? I was in Anamur so I couldn't watch it

many (including me) believe that he saved democracy from distruction...

Athenian "direct democracy" has got almost nothing to do with today's so-called "(indirect) democracy", except for some obscure small Swiss cantons. And it really doesn't matter much if democracy of Athens survived or not, it surely didn't exist all throughout history

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  Quote Gallipoli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Aug-2004 at 03:42
Bullsh*t ihsan
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I don't know about other democracies at the moment, but our Founding Fathers were scared to death of Athenian "mob rule" democracy and instead founded our republic based on Rome and Sparta mostly.
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  Quote Yiannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Sep-2004 at 07:38
Originally posted by ihsan

What exactly was in the opening ceremony? I was in Anamur so I couldn't watch it

 

Description here: http://www.livingroom.org.au/olympics/archives/opening_cerem ony_live_commentary.php

 

Photos here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics_2004/photo_gallerie s/3562846.stm

 

or even better here: http://www.athens2004.com/en/ceremonyImgallery/redirect?date =8b2734e54c85ef00VgnVCM10000028130c0aRCRD

 

Enjoy!

 

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Sep-2004 at 15:28
It is true that Alcibiades is the most colourful personalities in all Ancient hellenic history. Extremely handsome or womanish, highly intelligent or tremendously cunning, valiant or ferocious, indivialistic or downright egoistic, epicurean (kinda before time) or lustful and dissipated, full of successes or abounding in failures, such are the Vividness of his character. I think he is the very one that stands for both the genius and the vices of the Ancient Greece. I have a feeling that in our time when values have become ambiguous, this Alcibiades will soon be the Idol (well, I will be the first to adore him, just kick Aristides' arse).

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  Quote Evildoer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Sep-2004 at 17:03
Themosticles, because he acutally managed to beat back the Persian navy while Leonidas only managed to held back the Persians for a few days and showed the Greeks that they can be weakened.

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  Quote YusakuJon3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Oct-2004 at 08:29
   While I would've chosen Leonidas for his part in Thermopylae, Themistocles does take credit for actually having turned back the Persian army (with the aid of Spartan allies).  The two are really hard to compare.

   One dies fighting alongside his men, holding off a massive army for only a few days (until they are able to get help from an ally); the other goes on to lead a coalition against the invading enemy, eventually driving them out of Greek territory.
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  Quote Gopinath Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-May-2014 at 05:11
There  is no doubt The King  Leonidas is Great.......Because he sacrificed his life...
In the case Themistocles of course his is a Legend because he own many wars...


I went beyound the movies.... I came to know that if we see Themistocles ending days  he disliked by his own people  Athenian's and Spartans and he ran away from Greece and he stood  infront of Artaxerxes, the son of Xerxes and he  promised to help him conquer Greece.

If see the attitude of both...My point of you The King  Leonidas is Great.......
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