Molon Labe – ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Molon Labe – ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ:

The Greek phrase Molōn labe!, meaning “Come and take them” is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase.

(Μολὼν λαβέ; approximate Ancient Greek pronunciation [molɔ̀ːn labé], Modern Greek [moˈlon laˈve])

In America, both the original Greek phrase and its English translation are often heard from pro-gun activists as a defense of the right to keep and bear arms.

Come and Get Them – From the movie 300: