“If our enemies’ arrows should blot out the sun,
then we will fight in the shade.”
Everyday Americans are fighting a multitude of enemies.
At times, the attacks seem to comes from all sides—like arrows blotting out the sun.
From fighting against the biases of Big Business, Big Labor, Big Media, and Big Tech to the constant attacks on individual rights, property and sovereignty by Big Government, the hordes of those who are opposed to individual rights as well as America’s freedoms and values may, at times, seem overwhelming.
What is Dienekes’ Place?
Dienekes’ Place is a site that analyzes the news for a purpose: To sort out what it means for everyday Americans. The views are, to paraphrase from another source: Free Markets + Free Minds = Free People.
So, who was Dienekes?
It has been stated that, were it not for the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, the United States of America would not exist. And, while most know the story of King Leonidas and his brave 300 at the Battle of Thermopylae, many do not know about the story of Dienekes.
Dienekes or Dieneces (Greek: Διηνέκης) was a Spartan soldier who fought and was killed at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. He was acclaimed the bravest of all the three hundred Spartiates selected to fight in that battle.
Herodotus related the following anecdote about Dienekes:
“Although extraordinary valor was displayed by the entire corps of Spartans and Thespians, yet bravest of all was declared the Spartan Dienekes. It is said that on the eve of battle, he was told by a native of Trachis that the Persian archers were so numerous that, their arrows would block out the sun. Dienekes, however, undaunted by this prospect, remarked with a laugh, ‘Good. Then we will fight in the shade.'” – Histories, 7.226  Source.
“…yet the Spartan Dienekes is said to have proved himself the best man of all, the same who, as they report, uttered this saying before they engaged battle with the Medes:–being informed by one of the men of Trachis that when the Barbarians discharged their arrows they obscured the light of the sun by the multitude of the arrows, so great was the number of their host, he was not dismayed by this, but making small account of the number of the Medes, he said that their guest from Trachis brought them very good news, for if the Medes obscured the light of the sun, the battle against them would be in the shade and not in the sun.” Herodotus