|Native name Διηνέκης|
Name Dienekes Dienekes
Died 480 BC Thermopylae
Battles/wars Battle of Thermopylae
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Dienekes or Dieneces (Greek Διηνέκης, from διηνεκής, Doric διανεκής "continuous, unbroken") was a Spartan soldier who fought and died at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. He was acclaimed the bravest of all the Greeks who fought in that battle. Herodotus (7.226) related the following anecdote about Dienekes:
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- The spartan king leonidas and dienekes
Herodotus also mentions that Dienekes said many other similar things which made him unforgotten.
Plutarch in his "Sayings of the Spartans" also mentions this comment, but he attributes it to Leonidas I, Dienekes' general in the battle. According to Plutarch, when one of the soldiers complained to Leonidas that "Because of the arrows of the barbarians it is impossible to see the sun," Leonidas replied, "Won't it be nice, then, if we shall have shade in which to fight them?" The "Laconic saying" of "then we will fight in the shade" was cited by Latin writers such as Cicero (in umbra igitur pugnabimus, Tusculan Disputations I.42) and Valerius Maximus (in umbra enim proeliabimur, III.7, ext. 8).
The street east of the Tomb of Leonidas in the modern town of Sparta is named for Dienekes (οδός Διηνεκούς, connecting Θερμοπυλών and Ηρακλειδών).
Dienekes is one of the main characters in Steven Pressfield's novel Gates of Fire (1998).