I tan I epi tas


Go tell the Spartans, passerby,
That here, by Spartan law, we lie.

It was a foregone conclusion that Frank Miller and Zack Snyder’s 300 would drag out my inner 12-year-old fanboy.  I loved the graphic novel (published in 1999) despite its many diversions from the historical record.  The movie is quite faithful to the comic’s visual style and operatic violence.  What it is not is an accurate representation of history — as one movie reviewer sagely notes, “Snyder, needless to say, is completely on board with Miller’s conception of Thermopylae as one-fifth history, four-fifths something that looks cool.”  And that’s what makes it grand.

It’s not going to teach you a whole lot about the tactics and equipment of the Classical era.  But it will hint at why three hundred Spartans fighting nearly 2500 years ago are still remembered today.

UPDATE: For the comic geek, a series of great film/graphic novel shot comparisons by Solace in Cinema.

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