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Dilios is a Spartan. He fought against the Persians along with Leonidas I of Sparta and eventually Themisticles at the Battle of Salamis.


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Aristodemus of Sparta[]

Aristodemus was a Spartan, mentioned in Herodotus' account of the Battle of Thermopylae. Little is known of him other than the fact that he was sent home to Sparta because of an eye infection, was shunned by his fellow Spartans upon his return, and later charged into battle blindly at Plataea. He is the man upon whom the character of Dilios was inspired.

In the film 300, Aristodemus is presented as the character named Dilios, played by David Wenham. In the film, in contrast to the real historic account, he presumably lost his eye in battle, rather than as a result of an infection. Furthermore, he was sent back to Sparta not because he was deemed unable to fight (due to losing his eye), but because King Leonidas wanted him to use his exceptional oratory skills to tell everyone the tale of how the brave three hundred made their final stand. He is later seen leading the Greek army into battle at Platea, where his fate is uncertain.

In the film, 300: Rise of an Empire, he is seen at the last seconds of the movie, alongside Queen Gorgo as he charges into battle.