Have you ever read the story of 300? Instead of going by the hollywood version?
Before this movie did you even know that there was 1100 other soldiers there? You know why you didn't? Because it's the story of 300 who stood against millions. For every second they delayed xerxes history changed. It's as simple as that.
Yea, i'm familiar with the Persian Wars; ie 'the story of 300'.
1100 other soliders? That's an oddly specific (and incorrect) number. Yes i knew there were other (thousands of) Greek soldiers at Thermoplyae, most of whom were ordered away after the Persians flanked their position and Leonidas embarked on his last stand.
It really wasn't 300 against millions. You even say so yourself in the previous line. Modern scholars agree that Xerxes' army was, at most, in the hundred thousand range. No army in antiquity was ever, or could ever, number in the millions.
As i said previously Thermopylae was strategically unimportant. The goal wasn't to dely Xerxes but to stop him, and they failed. It wasn't the allied states intention to let him ravage Attica and Boeotia. Their defeat left them scrambling for a new plan and resulted in the battle at Salamis, where they won a decisive victory over the Persian navy and forced Xerxes to withdraw the bulk of his army from Greece. The remainder was later defeated at Plataea. History (and the course of the war) didn't change every moment the Spartans held on.
Don't get me wrong, it's inspiring and courageous, but strategically, when in comes down to it, it was a Greek failure and insignificant ( in fact detrimental) to the course of the war.
Also it's pretty rude to presume what i do and don't know and to tell me what i don't know. As it turns out i have a degree in ancient history, so yea, i think maybe i know about the Battle of Thermopylae
Exactly and the sequel will be the same, just like Spartacus. That's the reason why I will watch it.
The Spartacus tv series from starz? It's great isn't it, fantastic mindless entertainment. I love their dialogue, it's a clever way to give the impression of latin.