Originally Posted by Tom Brennan
I know a great deal about the subject and I think the wiki article on Thermopylae is pretty good.
I find that most wiki articles on things that I know about are pretty accurate, this leads me to think that those articles on things I don't know about are fairly accurate as well. Wiki is a good place to start learning about something.
Wiki isn't infallible (then again, neither is Herodotus
My point is that the story that has come down to us thru the ages is basically what Wiki has posted.
None of us were at Thermopylae 2,500 years ago to verify it.
Undoubtedly, the reality was somewhat different than our traditional account.
Nevertheless, I believe there is a general agreement of the broad outline of the battle by academics.
Has there been any modern archaeology conducted at the site?
I don't recall any (and I'm not sure there would be much to find).