Upon hearing the fatal prognostication from the the Oracle of Delphoi, King Leonidas yet faced his coming demise with awe-inspiring courage and dignity befitting a ruler. Even the enemy commander Galatea was moved to tears by his steadfast nature. However, it was precisely because his defeat was ordained that Galatea marched upon Sparta. Prevailing over the mighty Leonidas would otherwise prove impossible.
Galatea, Galathea or Gallathea is an ancient Greek name meaning "she who is milk-white, white as milk". In Greek mythology there are sveral characters named Galatea:
- Galatea, a woman who prayed for her daughter to be turned into a son, Leucippus (daughter of Galatea).
- Galatea, a sea-nymph in Ovid's story of Acis and Galatea.
- Galatea, name given in the 18th century to the animated statue sculpted by Pygmalion.
Artwork by Pencil1203.