Leonidas
 

In a valiant bid to slowdown King Xerxes' incursion into Greece, some three
hundred Spartan warriors of the highest distinction gave their lives at
Thermopylae, c.a.480 B.C.  In the aftermath of this most heroic of battles,
the Spartan's much beloved King Leonidas was decapitated, his head left on a
spike to warn of the fate that awaits those who defy mighty Xerxes' will.
A King's fate - the most venerated, yet the most desecrated.
 
 
beloved king, alone
his head sits on a spike throne
the last one to leave