Persians used archers even at the end to finish off the Spartans. Then the body of King Leonidas was mutilated and decapitated on Xerxes' orders.
At the end of the battle, some 20,000 Persian warriors had been killed, including two of Xerxes' half-brothers.
The battle had been fought by a small number of forces, but the valor of the Spartans inspired the Greek forces in battles that followed.
Today memorials sit at the site of the battle for both the Spartans and the Thespians who fought to the death.1|2|3|4