Molon labe (Ancient Greek: μολὼν λαβέ, romanized: molṑn labé, lit. 'having come, take' Greek pronunciation: [mo. lɔ᷆ːn la. bé], Greek pronunciation: [moˈlon laˈve]), meaning "come and take [them]", is a classical expression of defiance. According to Plutarch, Xerxes I—king of the Achaemenid Empire—demanded that the Spartans surrender their weapons and King Leonidas I responded with this phrase. It is an example of a laconic phrase.