As any great army that celebrated big victories, the Spartans witnessed some terrible debacles from the battlefield, too.
The Spartan troops numbering at least a thousand men were reportedly battered by a small troop of merely 300 men, known as the Sacred Band of Thebes at the battle of Tegyra that played out in 375 B.C., between Sparta and their Greek city-state rival Thebes.
The clash unfolded near a shrine of Apollo in the region, where in actuality the Sacred Band had been led by its then-leader Pelopidas. The thinly numbered guys had been interestingly met because of the much larger Spartan unit, and also at very very first, the specific situation seemed hopeless.
Mythological temple regarding the Greek god Apollo.
But, Pelopidas ordered their cavalrymen going to an enemy’s exposed flank and grouped their hoplites in to a tightly loaded product formation.
Bravely fighting, the Sacred Band seemed invincible. They broke the Spartan line, killing their leader in short order.
Marble statue of a helmed hoplite (5th century BC), Archaeological Museum of Sparta, Greece. Picture by de:Benutzer:Ticinese CC BY-SA 3.0
Vulnerable and without guidance, the Spartans held back into permit the much smaller Theban force to go out of intact.
But alternatively of escaping the battlefield, Pelopidas involved their guys an additional assault, as well as in just one move that is swift another hoard of enemy soldiers were disassembled.
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