Demophilus of Thespiae
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Demophilus or Demophilos (Greek: Δημόφιλος), according to Herodotus, was the commander of a contingent of 700 Thespians at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC). His father was the Diadromes (Greek: Διαδρομέας).
Demophilus and his men fought at the battle and at the end they stood along with the 300 Spartans at the last stand: all were killed. The ancient Greek traveler and geographer Pausanias also wrote about the stay of the Thespians at Thermopylae together with the Spartans.
- Herodotus Book 7: Polymnia, 222 "The commander of these was Demophilos the son of Diadromes."
- Herodotus Book 7: Polymnia, 222 "Thespians very willingly, for they said that they would not depart and leave Leonidas and those with him, but they stayed behind and died with them."
- Pausanias Book 10 Phocis, 20.2 "...if we except the Lacedaemonians, Thespians and Mycenaeans, the rest left the field before the conclusion of the fighting."
- Herodotus Book 8: Urania, 50 "For the army which directed its march through Boeotia in company with Xerxes, after it had burnt the city of the Thespians (the inhabitants having left it and gone to the Peloponnese)..."
- "The 300 Spartans (1962) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-10-24.