Thermopylae (146 BCE)


Thermopylae (Θερμοπύλαι; "Hot Gates"): small pass in Greece, site of several battles.

Thermopylae, view from electricity mast
Thermopylae, view from electricity mast

In 146 BCE, more or less at the time of the destruction of Carthage, war broke out in Greece, where people tried to save their independence. During this Achaean War, the Roman commander Quintus Caecilius Metellus fought himself a way across Thermopylae against a coalition of Achaeans, Boeotians, and Chalcidians, led by Critolaus, who poisoned himself after his defeat. This battle was described by Livy in his fifty-second book, which is lost, although an excerpt survives.note

This battle is usually called Battle of Scarpeia, and Pausanias clearly distinguishes the two places.note

This page was created in 2008; last modified on 8 September 2020.