The Fearless 300

The fearless 300 Poem is about the Spartans that fought in the Battle of Thermopylae. Led by King Leonidas they held back the Persians for three days.

  • “The Fearless 300,” appears in the book, Father and Son – Rite of Passage (pages 54-56), written by Neil Campbell.

© Rudolph 1993 

by Christopher Rudolph

Four Hundred and Eighty years

before Christ

the fearless 300

paid with their lives

The bravest men

that fought side by side

They fought the fiercest battle

until they all had died


The Persians were marching

300 hundred thousand strong

Xerxes determined to 

do Greece some wrong

They burned and destroyed

as they moved from 

town to town

These Greeks they laughed

are nothing but clowns


They came to the Hot Gates

of Thermopylae

Where three armed men

could hold a company at bay

There was no way around

except the narrowest of paths

They’d have to forge ahead

and risk an attack


The Persians found

the path was blocked

A Spartan King

sprang from the rocks

With a spear in his hands

and Greeks at his heels

they drove back the Persians

The path had been sealed. 


A traitor went to Xerxes

and told him a way

A secret path around


He said, “If I succeed you will pay me well.

If I fail you can have my head.”


The secret path was real

and they attacked from the rear

The Greeks were doomed to

die right there

The Spartan King Leonidas

ordered a decree

The Spartans will stay

but the others must flee


Go warn Athens

Prepare for war!

The Persians are coming and they

want to fight some more

The Spartans held for three long days

Fighting with spears

they drove them away


When their spears were broken

they fought with their daggers

When their daggers were broke

they fought with their hands

Until all 300

had died for their land.


The Oracle at Delphi

had sealed his fate

King Leonidas

died at the Hot Gates


The descendent of Hercules lay on

the mound of the slain

His men bought Greece some time

They didn’t die in vain       

                   by – Christopher Rudolph

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