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In 300, when the Persian emissary arrives on horseback, he displays a string of crowned skulls, which are otherwise unexplained. What is the meaning of this?

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From what I remember, they are the skulls of Kings and Sovereigns that had refused to submit / 'offer Earth and Water' to Xerxes.

Leonidas:

[...]

No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger.

You bring the crowns and heads of conquered kings to my city steps.

You insult my queen.

[...]

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