Why do many historians forget about the 700 Thespians who stood with the 300 Spartans?

Yes, three-hundred Spartans do get all the credit for heroically standing against the Persian army, and people think that was all the Greek forces who didn't withdraw. However, 700 Thespians stood along side the Spartans and also met their deaths in that hopeless situation at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. The... show more Yes, three-hundred Spartans do get all the credit for heroically standing against the Persian army, and people think that was all the Greek forces who didn't withdraw. However, 700 Thespians stood along side the Spartans and also met their deaths in that hopeless situation at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

The Thespians, though, do have monument at the battlefield.
Update: Oh, forgot about the 400 Thebans which brought King Leonidas' force to 1400 Greeks.
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