Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find below an ancient phrase in one language or another, along with its English translation. You may also find the power to inspire your friends or provoke dread among your enemies.
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Come take [them]!
This phrase is the legendary response from King Leonidas, of Sparta, to King Xerxes of Persia when the latter demanded the former and his soldiers lay down their arms. From wiki:
πάλιν δὲ τοῦ Ξέρξου γράψαντος ‘πέμψον τὰ ὅπλα,’ ἀντέγραψε ‘μολὼν λαβέ.’
When Xerxes wrote again, ‘Hand over your arms,’ he wrote in reply, ‘Come and take them.’ (trans. Frank Cole Babbitt, 1931)