I'm sure Leonides would have been hoping, even planning, for the best possible outcome, that is, not only to win an implausible victory but also to survive the battle. The sympathetic magic of identification with Gideon was part of that plan. Apparently, it almost worked.
I don't mean to be so casual with this association, and it is not all that important in the grand scheme of things. It's just that the conclusion is now inescapable that all of the kings of the ancient Near East shared the same traditions and were in fact all very closely related to one another. We even get an inkling of that in 1 Maccabees 12:21 where a common ancestry is claimed for the Spartans with the Jews through Abraham.
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