Battle of Thermopylae

Instructions: Read through the WebQuest in order and answer the questions that follow.

 1.  The Background of the Battle

 Go to the Sam Houston State Univesity Website

Read the article, and answer the following questions:

1. What caused thethermopylae battle?

2. Who were the main characters?

3.What was the outcome of the battle?

 2. The Persian Army

 Go to the HistoryNet Website

Read the article, and answer the following questions:

  1. The Battle of Thermoplyea was fought in the heart of the Persian empire
    or modern day ________________________.  (Iran)
  2. Who were the most reknown of the Persian units? ______________________. (the Immortals)
  3. Who was the Persian king? ______________. (Xerxes)
  4. How was the tiny mountain pass disadvatageous to the large Persian
    (They could not take advantage of their large numbers, but had to battle the
    Spartans more one on one)

 3. The Greek Army:

“ The performance of the defenders at the battle of Thermopylae is often used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment and good use of terrain to maximise an army’s potential, as well as a symbol of courage against extremely overwhelming odds.”

Go to the Little Daily Prophet Website and answer the following questions:

  1. Fill in the blank: Sparta, whose supremely disciplined warriors were trained from_________ to be the best soldiers in Greece and among the _______________ in the ancient world.
  2. Did the Greek army have an idea of the outcome of the Battle? If yes, was there any pre-meditated thought on the picking of the warriors?
  3. What made the Greek army different from the Persian army?

4. Leonidus:

Go to the Flawless Logic Website and answer the following questions:

  1. What were some characteristics that made Leonidus a legend and model of heroism?
  2. Describe some characteristics of the culture in Sparta and perhaps why Leonidus was the type of warrior he was. 
  3. What is the significance of the following quote: “Go tell the Spartans, passer-by,

That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.”

 Watch the following video and write one paragraph about the character of Leonidus. Does the film seem to portray him accurately?


5. The Legacy of the Battle of Thermopolyae

Go to The Battle of Thermopylae Website

Click “Aftermath” on the side bar.

Answer the following questions:

  1. What happened to Leonidas’ body?
  2. Which two Spartans survived the war?
  3. What did the Greeks do with their dead?

Click on the link below and fill out the worksheet:


grade book assignment(1)

2012 Calendar

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