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James asks…

300……?

is “the 300 spartans” the complete name of 300 or that’s another movie?and is it a fiction film or a historic one?

Potter answers:

The 300 is based on the battle of thermopylae where 300 spartan and 7000 greek soldiers stopped the army of xerses who had 250,000 men. The spartan’s managed to hold out for 3 days, but in the process of dying took out over 12,000 of the persian army’s best soldiers. Now the movie takes historical liberties, like all movies do. The 300 is from a graphic novel created by frank miller about the spartan and thermoplyae.

Wikipedia says this about the battle of thermopylae
Thermopylae (IPA pronunciation: [??(r)’m?p?li]) (Ancient and Katharevousa Greek ??????????, Demotic ??????????: “hot gateway”) is a location in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity. It derives its name from several natural hot water springs. It is primarily known for the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC in which an overmatched Greek force held off advancing Persians under Xerxes, and the term since has been used to reference heroic resistance against a more powerful enemy[1].

You can also find a great 3 part video on spikedhumor.com that discusses the actual battle of thermoplyae.

Wikipedia says this about 300 the graphic novel
300 is a historically-inspired comic book (later collected as a graphic novel) written and illustrated by Frank Miller with painted colors by Lynn Varley. The comic loosely depicts the Battle of Thermopylae and the events leading up to it from the perspective of Leonidas I, king of Sparta. 300 was particularly inspired by the 1962 film The 300 Spartans, a movie that Miller watched as a young boy.[1]

Every page of the comic was illustrated as a double-page spread. When the series was gathered into hardcover form, the individual pages were twice as wide as a normal comic. Miller’s art style for this project was similar to his Sin City work, although the addition of consistent color is an obvious difference.

300 was initially published as a monthly five-issue comic book series by Dark Horse Comics, the first issue published in May 1998. The issues were titled Honor, Duty, Glory, Combat and Victory. The series won three Eisner Awards in 1999: “Best Limited Series”, “Best Writer/Artist” for Frank Miller and “Best Colorist” for Lynn Varley. The work was collected as a hardcover graphic novel in 1999.

And this about the movie
300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. The film is directed by Zack Snyder with Frank Miller attached as an executive producer and consultant, and was shot mostly with bluescreen to duplicate the imagery of the original comic book work.

Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fight to the last man against Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his enormous army of more than one million soldiers. Facing insurmountable odds, the Spartans’ sacrifice inspires all of Greece to unite against the Persian invaders. The story is loosely based on the Battle of Thermopylae which took place in 480 BC, although there are many deviations from historical fact and a narration by Dilios (David Wenham) gives the film a historical fantasy feel. At Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support for her husband.

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