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300 (2007) | This is Sparta (480 BC)

Are you prepared for glory? Well you better get prepared because this week we’re discussing King Leonidas and the brave 300! Frank Miller’s famous comic book gets the Zack Snyder treatment and turns the Greco-Persian wars into a rock’n’roll soap opera where semi-naked men slaughter wave after wave of demons from the East. But who were the Spartans, really? Did 300 men stand against a million at the Battle of Thermopylae and why would a king sacrifice himself to preserve a nascent western democracy?

Doesn’t really add up, does it? No… Join us for some insight into the world of ancient Sparta!

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“Histories” by Herodotus
“History of My Times” by Xenophon
“Persian Fire” by Tom Holland