Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Hot Gates Today

The images below, taken from Google Earth, show the site of the Battle of Thermopylae as it looks today. The upper image, taken at an oblique angle, gives a sense of the terrain. Steep hills on the south side of the modern road mark one side of the narrow pass. On the other side, I’ve marked the ancient shoreline, now inland. Leonidas’ statue sits at the approximate site of the battle.



The image below, taken from directly overhead, shows the large land area created from sediment deposited since 480 B.C. The coastline of the Gulf of Milia is now a couple of miles north of its earlier location.


4 comments:

Fighting0594 said...
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Anonymous said...

I had not thought of using Google Maps to make the terrain of battlefields, etc. clear. Thanks!

(BTW, you might want to change the typo "sight" to "site."_

whidbeydc said...

Do you have the coordinates? Like to look it up on google maps.

Mike Anderson said...

Coordinates:

38 Deg 47' 36.12 North Lat
22 Deg 31' 42.08 East Longitude

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dakb8IuI0DM&list=UUDumc1fo4sFVMHMxW-oZmTw

This YouTube clip is a video I made when I was there.