It was a blocking action to bring on a navel action in the nearby strait in which the Greeks hopd to destroy the Persian naval threat.

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The naval battle failed so the Thermopylai pass was abandoned.

The Spartan force of 2,400 (300 armoired infantry and 2,1oo light infantry) selflessly continued to hold the pass to let their 4,000 Greek allies escape, and died.

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