Today is the anniversary of the 480 BC death of Spartan King Leonidas I at the Battle of Thermopylae. The battle is probably best known in popular culture through “300,” the 2006 movie and the 1998 comic series of the same name. Leonidas was been portrayed by actor Richard Egan in “The 300 Spartans,” and by Gerard Butler in “300.”
According to The Ancient Greek Diet, “…from a culinary standpoint, the Spartans had maybe the worst food in history. Not maybe, they definitely did.” The website goes on to provide a recipe for melas zomos (μέλας ζωμός) or black soup. “How was this made? Simple, just boil some pigs legs, pig blood, salt, and vinegar.” So if you would like to enjoy that in honor of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, you can do so now!
If you’d rather have something a little nicer, you can find recipes for lentil soup, pancakes with honey and sesame seeds, and nut cake here: 3 Easy Ancient Greek Recipes You Can Make Today.