Knowing that we would have to keep up morale, the other day I put together a design for some new Z-Swag. HERE
My first copies arrived today. They are nice, so I’m making the shop public
There are shirts and mugs (righty and lefty) and some other doohickeys.
Here are the 11 oz (with black edge) and the big 20oz.
For those of you who do not know what those superimposed scribbles are, they are an older form of the ancient Greek for “μολὼν λαβέ” or “molon labe”, the legendary words said to have been uttered by the Spartan leader Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. According to Plutarch, the Persian invader Xerxes demanded that the Spartans surrender their weapons. Leonidas replied “Come and take them!”
Well, that’s sort of what he said. To be really geeky about it a Spartan at that time would have said it differently than 1st c. AD Boetian (near Delphi) Plutarch. In any event, the concise phrase consists of an aorist active participle (molon), which is “having come” and an imperative (labe), literally, “Having come, take!” The aorist participle establishes the condition that must pertain for the action. The action, the imperative, “take!” is second person, so it is directed personally at Xerxes, not at the army.
In any event, “Molon labe!” is now a classic expression of determination and defiance. Alas, its use is a little melancholy, in that the Spartans, through they held out for days, were eventually defeated and slain. They were able, however, delay the Persians for long enough time for the Athenians to escape to Salamis, where the great naval battle – one of the most important in history – would take place led a massive rout of Xerxes fleet by Themistocles. Hence, while Thermopylae was a defeat for the Spartans, it was a strategic, long-term victory and it served to fire up the morale of the Greeks against the aggressors.
At Thermopylae there is a monument to Leonidas, inscribed with those famous words, in the form I used on the swag.
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