Examples from the Web for thermopylae
Foreign-policy experts rush to compare Libya to Bosnia, the Punic Wars, Iraq, Kosovo, Thermopylae, and so forth.
Was the story nearing another failure--a tragedy dismal and complete as that of Thermopylae?In the Days of Poor Richard|Irving Bacheller
The situation of the Spartans was now similar to that of their ancestors when they made their last stand at Thermopylae.Stories from Thucydides|H. L. Havell
Well, we will all do our best, you may be sure; but since Thermopylae, I doubt if men have fought against longer odds.A Jacobite Exile|G. A. Henty
There are hot springs at Thermopylae and other places, which are used for sanitary purposes.
Thermopylae had its messenger of defeat, but the Alamo had none.Rolling Stones|O. Henry
from Greek thermos "hot" (see thermal) + pylai, plural of pyle "gate; mountain pass, entrance into a region" (see pylon). In reference to nearby hot sulfur springs. Often simply hai pylai "the gates."