My essay covers the Battle of Thermopylae that took place in 480 B.C. when Xerxes the ruler of Persia led his troops numbering anywhere between 300,000 troops upward to an estimated 2,000,000 troops against Greece. At the time Greece was just several small city states and had not been established as a country yet Athens reached out to King Leonidas and his Spartan army for help against the incoming attack on their city. Even though Sparta had a much larger army King Leonidas selected on 300 men to go to battle with him. They were the vest best soldiers in his army that had already given birth to a son to carry on their family name. These 300 soldiers along with a small army that the rest of Greece had put together estimated between 5,000 and 7,000 soldiers met the enormous Persian army at a small pass on the shore of Thermopylae. The story of King Leonidas and his 300 man Spartan army that heroically battled the Persian army was put on the big screen in 2007 in a movie called 300. We will now cover major parts of this story and determine what real events that took place were and what was enhanced or altered for cinematic effect.
The start of the film shows an infant Leonidas that would later become King of Sparta being held over a cliff by a government official with small infant bones and skulls lying at the base of the cliff. He is then inspected by the official for any defects as the narrator explains that each Spartan was examined and if any defect was found he would be thrown over the cliff to die. A person might think that this was a cruel practice that was just placed in the film for a dramatic effect. However, this actually was a practice of the Spartan people. A child was not seen as the property of its mother like...
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... to deliver a message to his people about how courageous they had fought being at the forefront of a huge army of Greeks outnumbering the Persians ready to go to war. The battle actually ended by Leonidas being beheaded and having his head carried through Greece on a stake.
In all this movie kept true to the events that actually happened by and against the 300 but left out major parts of the battle like the Greek navy keeping the Persian ships out at sea and away from the battle or how Xerxes had built a mile long bridge out of decommissioned boats across the Hellespont that shortened their march time by more than 2 years. However, all in all it was a great film that can educate one on the Battle of Thermopylae and how a small army was able to hold off a giant. Unfortunately, the Spartans will be remembered because of a defeat more so than for their many victories.
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