“ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” (“Come and take”). These are the words spoken by King Leonidas in reply to Xerxes of Persia’s demand that the Spartan army lay down their weapons. Faced with unbeatable odds, the 7,000 strong Spartan army held back the Persian army of over 100,000 for three days, giving the people of Athens time to evacuate, thus avoiding certain annihilation by the Persian army. It is one of the most remarkable stories of courage known to history, inspiring generations with the power of standing firm regardless of the odds.
More recently the phrase has become popularized after being used in the film 300, where it was translated as “Come and get them!” Now the phrase has become a motto to many, representing a determined unwillingness to give up the ability to defend themselves and their families.
This Molon Labe T-Shirt has a white and gold design printed on the front of a black shirt.