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{ 40 fire into their criminal. Let no one imagine however that the Dutchman died, for the burn ing brandy occasioned him no injury. 19. Thermopylae. The Grecian history abounds with examples of great heroism, but few actions have received greater praise from all mankind, than the noble conduct of Leonidas and his three Hundred Spartans. Xerxes the monarch of Persia, invaded Greece with a mighty army, which according to some historians amormted to three millions of men. Leonidas was sent with an army of seven thousand men to repel the invaders. He placed himself in a narrow defile between two mountains, through which the Persians were constrained to pass before they could enter Greece. The name of the defile was Thermopyloe. - Xerxes advanced with his whole army to the straits, and nevet fancying for a moment. that the Greeks would obstruct his passage,