Posted by: devinmoore | March 12, 2007

300: based on a true story

The battle depicted in the movie 300 is based on a true story (~480 BC), the battle of Thermopylae (therm-op-a-lee), where 300 spartans beat
back a vast army of Persians, holding them off at the “hot gates” and
causing disproportionately large losses, fighting until every spear
and sword was broken. At the end, Xerxes rained down arrows and
killed Leonidas and the last of them. On the exact spot that this
happened, there is a little plaque that says in Greek, “Passerby, tell
Sparta that her soldiers aren’t missing in action; they made their
last stand here and died” (rhymes in Greek). Recent excavations
unearthed countless arrowheads in that specific area, confirming the story. Originally Sparta
built a big stone lion at the site, but no one knows what happened to it.

This is the more touristy monument to Leonidas:

David’s painting celebrating their last night:



  1. This is true history but they make Iranian King such as African and he surgery his head and he is like evil.If you check his picture in engraving on wall you will find a flower in his hands.He command to people arround to have flowers everyday in their hands because it brings peace for people.One of the other things he is only person give chance to women to be manager of group of man.When you review past you will find very sophesticated person with sophesticated ideas.
    the logistics needed for a 180000 person Persian army is noticeable and the idea to make bridge from ships.

  2. this is SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. the 300 spartans did not go against 180000 persian soldiers, read the persian wars by herotatisis. herotatisis claims it was 300 vs 300 equally matched at the end of the day 2 soldiers from each side survived the persians left to claim victory, but the spartans claimed victory cause they stayed behind and stripped the armor of the enemy and buried thier soldiers and burned the persian soldiers.

  4. Actually, the movie 300 IS NOT a true story. In real life, the battle of Thermopylae did have 300 Spartans, but they teamed together with about 4,000 other Greeks. And there were only about 150,000 Persians.

    Moderator note: TFS says “based on”.

  5. SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Day three they were betrayed though and most of the Greek reinforcements left, the 300 Spartans, the Thespians, and the Thebans remained. The Spartans forced the Thebans to stay though, therefore they weren’t much help.

    Read Herodotus.

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