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They were soldiers unlike any before or since. They knew no trade but war. In 480 BC at a place called Thermopylae they met an army 50 times their size and stood their ground. For them the trumpets never sounded retreat. Their name has become a simile for hardship willingly endured and death stoically faced. The Spartans.
Ancient Warriors – The Series
There have been countless warring civilizations thought history, from the Aztecs to the Samurai, Vikings, Ninjas, Huns and more. First shown on The Discovery Channel, this series traces the rise of major fighting cultures by exploring the motivations of ancient soldiers and their leaders. Viewers learn of the visions these warriors sought to impose on the world, and how they lived, fought, trained, and finally died.
Running time: 24 mins
Originally broadcast on Discovery Channel