Valor in the Ancient World
Today, awards like the Medal of Honor are presented to warriors who display valor on the battlefield. However, thousands of years ago in the Ancient World, there were no official medals. In no way does this mean that there was a shortage of valor. Far from it.
- Leonidas I of Sparta, for example, led 300 Spartans against 10,000 Persians and managed to hold them off for days.
- Mucius Scaevola saved the city of Rome via burning off his own hand
- Horatius Cocles held the entire Etruscan army at Sublican bridge
To learn more visit these sources:
Extreme War by Terrence Poulos
Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2003: Scaevola,