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Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000. The actual heroism of those who stood (and ultimately died) with Leonidas helped shape the course of Western Civilization, allowing the Greek city states time to organize an army which repelled the Persians. Set in 480 BC. Written by
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Several times the Greeks refer to "Jove". Jove or Jupiter was the chief god of Roman mythology. His Greek counterpart was Zeus. See more »
Themistocles of Athens:
The whole of Asia is descending upon us. Many times more men than there are Greeks. These men are fierce, savage, bloodthirsty, merciless. But that is not the reason why we should fear them. That is not the source of their power. Their power lies in their unity. Unity! Remember that one terrible word which will surely destroy Greece, unless we counter it with a unity of our own. A unity of free men fighting together resisting this united tide of tyranny.
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This film is so very much a film about 1960 politics. Although much better than the recent remake in terms of historical accuracy, it still leaves much to be desired. The battle scenes are good, but other than the flying wedge, they don't fight like Greeks. Not sure why they lined them up in 3 thin rows.
The thing that annoys me about the movie is that the Greeks talk about being free and label the Persians as Tyrants. The Greeks were save masters -- even the Athenians. The reason the Spartans were all soldiers is because all the work in the country was done by the Messenians who were enslaved by the Spartans. In contrast the Persians empire was a feudal state where local rules had a great deal of autonomy including religion and language. The Greeks wrote the history of their wars with Persia and they biased the portrayal to make the Greeks into the good guys.
Typical of 1950/1960 films, their is a love interest that really has nothing to do with the story. The romance in the film is rather boring.
I disagree with the people who criticize the film for the politics. The politics of Greece was very important in terms of what was going on and to a large extend explains the Spartan willingness to engage in a suicide mission. Once committed, they had to win or die... all the eyes of Greece were watching them and only through their actions would Greece unit to defeat the Persians.
In the final analysis, 300 Sparatns is not about the Greeks vs. the Persians its about the western free societies vs. the USSR and the communist block. When you look at it from that point of view it makes much more sense.
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