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300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Poster

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Anachronisms 

(at around 57 mins) When Themistokles returns from the ship of Artemisia telling the others that "The next time that we face her, she's going to bring all of hell with her." he looks to the side and in a close-up his contact lenses are clearly visible.
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(at around 1h 25 mins) Near the end of the movie, during the battle on the ships, a Persian wearing a mask kills a Greek soldier and throws him off the ship, revealing the modern sole of his shoe.
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(at around 19 mins) Extra wearing what appears to be white tennis shoes as she prepares food(?) when Queen Gorgo and Themistocles first meet. She's an older lady with her skirt gathered in one hand at the back wall.
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Continuity 

(at around 21 mins) Artemisia, sitting in her captain's seat, is eating an apple. When she first takes a bite, it is green. A closeup of her hand at a different camera angle appears and the apple is red. Switching back to the original camera angle--the apple is now green once more.
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When the young Artemisia is training, the last two close-ups of her face reveal plenty of freckles. In an earlier close-up, there were none.
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Factual errors 

The Greek soldier considered the "Hero of Marathon" was Miltiades, not Themistocles. Themistocles was the main General of the Greek in the Battle of Salamina.
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Admiral Artemisia's street-urchin back-story is completely fictional. She was born with a proverbial silver spoon in her mouth to the royal family of Halicarnassus in what is now Turkey, and inherited great wealth and power.
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Persian kings never claimed divinity - see goofs for 300.
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Sparta did not believe in democracy; in fact they hated it. When they conquered Athens they replaced their democracy with an oligarchy of Spartan sympathizers.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) In one of the last lines in the movie Themistocles notes that "All of Greece has united against you, Delphi, Thebes, Olympia, Arcadia and Sparta". In fact most of Greece remained neutral and the powerful city state of Thebes was allied with the Persians. It is of course possible Themistocles was simply bluffing, but the tone and finality of the scene implies otherwise.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 22 mins) It's not a mistake that the severed head blinks. Oxygen remains in the brain for several minutes after a head has been severed. There are reports of the heads of guillotined victims looking around and even attempting to scream. So, this is probably a recognition that in reality, the beheaded victim would have had a few minutes of awareness, including that he was being kissed by the woman who'd just beheaded him.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 10 mins) Obvious flipped shot when Artemisia is sending Xerxes off into the desert to become the God-King. The two small moles on the right side of her forehead switch to the left side.
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(at around 22 mins) When Artemisia cuts off a man's head, she picks it up and the eye on the severed head winks just as she kisses it.
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Spoilers

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Anachronisms 

(at around 1h 5 mins) When Scyllias lies about to die, Themistocles approaches him and kneels. Themistocles' modern boots soles are visible.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 30 mins) At the end, when the Spartan fleet is seen arriving at the rescue, Artemisia is on her knees, she looks left at the oncoming fleet. In the close-ups she is looking to her right.
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Factual errors 

Darius I of Persia, father of Xerxes I died of health issues in October 486 BC, four years after the battle of Marathon in 490 BC. He was not killed by Themistocles shooting an arrow 1000ft onto a moving ship.
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