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Thermopylae - Monument of Thespians

In 1997, a second monument was officially unveiled by the Greek government, dedicated to the 700 Thespians who fought with the Spartans. The monument is made of marble and features a bronze statue depicting the god Eros, who was worshiped in ancient Thespiae. Under the statue, a sign reads "In memory of the seven hundred Thespians".

 

A plate, below the statue, explains its symbolism :

 

* The headless male figure symbolizes the anonymous sacrifice of the 700 Thespians to their country.

* The outstretched chest symbolizes the struggle, the gallantry, the strength, the bravery and the courage.

* The open wing symbolizes the victory, the glory, the soul, the spirit and the freedom.

* The broken wing symbolizes the voluntary sacrifice and death.

* The naked body symbolizes Eros the most important god of the ancient Thespians, the god of creation, beauty and life.

 

The monument to the Thespians is placed beside the one to the Spartans.

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Taken on September 6, 2007