Aristodemus was one of the few of the Spartan Three Hundred to survive the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Suffering from an eye disease, he and Eurytus were sent away.
When Eurytus heard the Three Hundred were surrounded by Persians he rushes back to fight and is killed in the battle. Aristodemus returns to Sparta and is shunned as a coward. Bent on proving himself, he fights with maniacal passion in the Battle of Plataea, dying with his name restored.
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“The Mystery of Courage” by William Ian Miller
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