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Odysseus

Odysseus coinOdysseus was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and a hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. Odysseus also played a key role in Homer's Iliad. He was one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojan War, and a trusted counsellor and advisor.

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Pheidippides

marathon 5Pheidippides was a hero of Ancient Greece, and the central figure in a story that was the inspiration for a modern sporting event, the marathon. In early August, 490 B.C., he ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

But the truth is much more impressive than the legend. He ran not a paltry 26 miles, but 332 miles in five days.

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Leonidas and the 300

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Leonidas was a citizen of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta, and was born about 540 BC. At age seven, he was sent to the agoge, the notoriously harsh and competitive training that the sons of all Spartans had to complete in order to qualify for citizenship and entry into the Spartan army.

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Mayflower Migrants, 1620

thanksgiving villageIn 1620, the Mayflower, a leaky wine ship, set sail for the New World. From the very beginning, there was variety among the 102 passengers, half of whom were “strangers” of dubious piety and morality. Although the Pilgrims on board were united by religious community, the rest, who came from all over England, had little in common.

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