Thermopylae[t̸hər mäp′ə lē′]
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in ancient Greece, a mountain pass in Locris, near an inlet of the Aegean Sea: scene of a battle (480 ) in which the Persians under Xerxes destroyed a Spartan army under Leonidas
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A narrow pass of east-central Greece. It was the site of an unsuccessful Spartan stand against the Persians in 480 B.C.