In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes led a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought.Written by
(at around 1h 1 min) Most of the dead bodies were dummies, but the Persian the Spartans toss was a stuntman. See more »
The Greek forces at the three-day defense of Thermopylae were not only 300, nor were the Persians over 1,000,000. There were at least 4000 Greeks involved on the first two days and another 1500 men involved in the fatal last day stand. Furthermore modern scholars rejecting the figures of the Persian army given by Herodotus and other ancient sources as unrealistic, estimate the number of Persians in the range 70,000-300,000. See more »
When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
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The opening Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios logos are made of stone and appear in front of a brown, cloudy sky. See more »
Incredibly postpostmoderinst, and gayer than Liberace's frilly underwear
Watching "300" felt like winning the lottery jackpot, then stumbling into an emo poetry slam. I just couldn't relate. And most of all -- while I'm a big fan of mindless on screen violence -- it was all far too mindless and shallow to me. There are Taliban propganda videos which have more depth, more suspense and better plot development. The good guys look like bodybuilders on too much anabolics (or, more to the point, gay porn stars), the bad guys either have a bad case of leprosy or wear more jewelry than Liberace (or both). The good guys fight are free guys fighting for freedom (read a history book about Sparta, please), the bad guys fight for oriental oppression. Yes, that's fascist, and it also bored the pants off of me. Leni Riefenstahl's Reichstag propaganda movies had more subtlety.
I give credit for the great SFX.
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