- Thermopylae - The Battle to Save Greece

The Pass at Thermopylae

Modern Thermopylae

The geography of the battle of Thermopylae was the reasoning by the Greaks for making a stand at the location. There were three "gates" in Thermopylae which were places where the mountains and the sea came together.

Today, the ancient battlefield hardly resembles what it looked like in 480 b.c. The water level would have been about where the road runs by the mountains in the photo on the right.

Map of the pass...

Photo from livius.org