Ephialtes

(Ephialtes of Trachis  betrayed his homeland in hope of receiving some kind of reward from the Persians by showing them a path around the allied Greek position at the pass of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.E.)

Ephialtes, he
who sold his birth to Xerxes
and whose name now means
traitor, he
became in treachery and greed
central to a founding myth
that winds from goat path
to Salamis and Issus, Tyre and Gaugamela,
from Xerxes and Leonidas to Darius and Alexander
back to Ephialtes, he
who sold his birth to see
his greed drown in the Aegean Sea,
and by his treachery
set a story free.

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