Eurytus of Sparta

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Eurytus or Eurýtos was the name of a Spartan warrior, one of the Three Hundred sent to face the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. Eurytus and a companion, Aristodemus were stricken with an eye disease and ordered to return home.[1] Eurytus turned back and ordered his helot attendant to lead him back to the battle. He entered the battle blind and was slain. Aristodemus returned to Sparta disgraced, but redeemed himself at the battle of Plataea the following year, by fighting with berserker-like rage.

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  1. ^ Hogewind, BF; Coebergh, JA; Gritters-van den Oever, NC; de Wolf, MW; van der Wielen, GJ (April 2013). "The ocular disease of Aristodemus and Eurytus 480 BC: diagnostic considerations". International ophthalmology. 33 (2): 107–9. doi:10.1007/s10792-012-9638-x. PMID 23404726.