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Dilios
Multiple Characters
Persian King Xerxes
Queen Gorgo
Spartan King Leonidas


The old ones say that we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender. Taught that death in the battlefield in service of Sparta is the greatest glory he could achieve in his life.


[To Ephialtes, who turned traitor and volunteered to serve him] Unlike the cruel Leonidas who demanded that you stand, I require only that you kneel.

Madness? This is Sparta!!! [kicks the Persian messenger into a well]

Because only Spartan women give birth to real men. [Response to Persian messenger questioning why Spartan women are allowed to address him]

This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die! Remember this day, men, for it will be yours for all time.

Immortals. We'll put their name to the test.

The old ones say we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself. Bold Leonidas gives testament to our bloodline. His roar is long and loud ...

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed.

[Dying words] My Queen! My wife! My love.

[After Xerxes offered to make Leonidas Warlord of his Empire, if he would only kneel before him] You are generous as you are divine, oh king of kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse. But ... the idea of kneeling, it's, uh ... you see, slaughtering all those men of yours has left a nasty cramp in my leg – so kneeling will be hard for me.

Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight, we dine in hell!

[The ground begins to shake and small rocks roll off the cliffside]
Captain: Earthquake?
Leonidas: No, Captain: battle formations.

Councilmen, I stand before you not only as your queen. I come to you as a mother. I come to you as a wife. I come to you as a Spartan woman. I come to you with great humility. I am not here to represent Leonidas – his actions speak louder than my words ever could. I am here for all those voices which cannot be heard: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons – three hundred families that bleed for our rights, and for the very principles this room was built upon. We are at war, gentlemen. We must send the entire Spartan army to aid our king in the preservation of not just ourselves, but of our children. Send the army for the preservation of liberty. Send it for justice. Send it for law and order. Send it for reason. But most importantly, send our army for hope – hope that a king and his men have not been wasted to the pages of history – that their courage bonds us together, that we are made stronger by their actions, and that your choices today reflect their bravery.

His helmet is stifling. His shield is heavy.

[To Gorgo] It would take more than the words of a drunken adolescent girl to rob me of my desire for you.