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When I was young I would watch cartoons of glorious individuals thatsaved the world They had tragic pasts yet they persevered and usedtheir talents to help others I would always dream about what it wouldbe like to be one of those heroes to have super powers and use them forthe better As I grew older I discovered a love for history which mademe realize how many heroes have already lived and died No they werenot flying around the city with a cape billowing behind them No theywere not swinging from building to building by a small string of webYet they were still saving lives making this cruel world a betterplace Heroes come in many forms some excel in bravery someselflessness and some in confidence Yet each one comes to the rescueeach and every time When the word hero is spoken one of the most common traits that cometo mind is bravery A man who definitely displayed this trait wasLeonidas I King of Sparta Being born in 540 BC as a regular citizenLeonidas was the only Spartan king to be subjected to the harsh trainingof Spartan youth At the tender age of seven he was taken from his homeand endured eleven years of rigorous training He returned knowing thathe was the rightful heir to the throne after his predecessor KingAnaxandridas Leonidas was given the position over his brother becauseof his strength and determination to lead the Spartans to victoryagainst the Persians The climax of his leadership was the battle ofThermopylae when King Leonidas led 300 of his best men to fight KingXerses and his army of 14000 men This task took true bravery andstrength They killed over half of the Persian army before facing aninevitable defeat Even though King Leonidas lost that day he still wonrespect and went down in history as one of the most powerful rulers ofall time Another trait that is very important to heroism is selfless
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