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300 vs. History
300 is a good movie, I really enjoyed it. But it is damn well not historically accurate. This article does a good job of comparing the movie to real history.

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From: pvaneynd Date: March 14th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
accurate? I didn't see the movie yet, but the preview did not scream 'historically accurate' to me, move 'semi naked bodies for both sexes'...
From: not_croaker Date: March 14th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It was never intended to be historically accurate -- it's a direct adaptation of the comic book. As a paen to the martial spirit of the Spartans, it works well. As a lesson in history... questionable, but a possible inspiration for people to start digging and actually learn something.
sciroccoguy From: sciroccoguy Date: March 14th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Okay, this article dovetails with what little I remember from Greek History. I didnt know about the Naval battle at Salamis, but I DID know that the Athenians were not the untrained weekend warriors they were made out to be in the movie, but they kicked serious ass themselves. Further, Athens was where everyone wanted to be, as it was the historical center of culture and reason...not Sparta.

RE: the Homo content. Being a homo myself, I found the whole thing rather funny. They make fun of Athenian gays, while denying the historical fact that it was rather common in ANcient greece, INCLUDING Sparta.

Its sad how many adolescent boys are going to see this movie and think its actual history. Maybe history teachers can use it in class for compare and contrast? *shrug*
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 15th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
*Especially* Sparta.
From: mysryael Date: March 14th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It can be interesting to see how people I know feel about a movie
I haven't gone to see yet.

One of my Medieval Recreationist friends stated that the movie was
fabulous, NOT from the history point of view but from the sheer volume
of costuming and horny it inspired.

So the concensus seems to be it isn't historical but it is a fun piece
to see.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 15th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you like beefcake, this movie has it in spades.