A. Messenia; Tyrtaeus' martial poetry (in Blackboard poetry selection)
B. Spartan education (agōgē vs. paideia; modern derivative: ped-agogy); syssitia
C. constitution: Lycurgus; gerousia, probouleutic, ephors
D. more than the other half: helots, perioikoi, krypteia
E. We are Sparta, too - Spartan women: equality with men; patriotic and
holders of 40% of the land
A. The first expedition; Aristagoras at Miletus, satraps, Datis and Artaphernes, Battle of Marathon (490 B.C.);
the fable of the Marathon runner
B. And the second try: Xerxes at Salamis (480 B.C.); Themistocles, Thermopylae (Leonidas), Pausanias at Plataea (479 B.C.)
C. What if the Persians had won??? Persepolis - reconstruction in 3D
Some discussion points:
1) Did enough of what makes Sparta Sparta get into the
movie? If so, was it done to the point of near caricature?
Was there anything in this movie that was NOT over the top? Or tendentious?
2) It's bringing the Frank Miller comic book 300 to the screen. Should we have expected more?
3) Anything really emotionally stirring in this movie? Any food for thought?
Or is part of the movie's appeal precisely that you can watch a stirring story with detachment?
4) Alternatives, as always: does this movie format
detract from the historical significance
of Thermopylae? Would a more conventional film treatment be preferable and allow
for more depth of characterization, for instance?
5) In sum, best and worst aspects of 300?
6) Why was 300 such a hit?
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