Artemisium


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Artemisium

(är'təmĭsh`ēəm), cape, N Euboea (now Évvoia), Greece, named for a great temple of Artemis. Off the cape in 480 B.C. was fought a naval battle of the Persian Wars. The delay won by the defense of Thermopylae under LeonidasLeonidas
, d. 480 B.C., king of Sparta. He succeeded (c.491 B.C.) his half-brother, Cleomenes I. When the Persians invaded Greece under Xerxes (480 B.C.), Leonidas with 300 Spartans and 5,000 auxiliaries was given the pass at Thermopylae to hold. There was treachery.
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 helped make it possible for the Greeks to ward off the Persian fleet, although the fighting was indecisive and the Greeks were eventually forced to withdraw.
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