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"Although extraordinary valor was displayed by the entire corps of Spartans and Thespians (at Thermopylae), yet bravest of all was declared the Spartan Dienekes. It is said that on the eve of battle, he was told by a native of Trachis that the Persian archers were so numerous that, when they fired their volleys, the mass of arrows blocked out the sun. Dienkes, however, quite undaunted by this prospect, remarked with a laugh,

"Good. Then we'll have our battle in the shade."

"Come and get them."
Spartan King Leonidas' reply to the Persian Leader Xeres demand that the Spartans lay down their arms (at Thermopylae)

"Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.
monument at Thermopylae pass
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Anybody know iffn we got a thread on that?

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Anybody know iffn we got a thread on that?
Looks like we do now. :)

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europae vincendarum
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yupper well thats a good one no doubt...but my Latin was given absolution years ago so lets have a translate there big fella.

BTW quotes might be from anybody from any era........i like the one that was attributed to Bill Mauldin during the Italian campaign vic. Volturna river crossings Nov 43.

When queried about the dangers of minefields he was reported to have said:

" an old man thinks of his eyes and a young man grabs for his balls"

you gotta love it.

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yupper well thats a good one no doubt...but my Latin was given absolution years ago so lets have a translate there big fella.
Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europae vincendarum

"Sometimes I get this urge to conquer large parts of Europe."
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