Half Massed wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:There's a huge Spartan protest going on right now b/c of that movie 300. It took me forever to drive to work this morning b/c the streets were choked with freakin Spartans. Go home to Sparta you lousy good for nothing Spartans I say.
Sadly enough, there actually has been some unrest/protest among some Iranian groups in America over the way Persians were portrayed in 300. It's not like the movie was clearly and explicitly based off a graphic novel or anything.
And besides, the Persians of that time were tyrannical and an oppressive people in general.
Actually, although Xerxes (and his father, Darius) were tyrannical conquerers, they also allowed their conquered nations to rule as before; with the same leaders, culture and religions. It really wasn't as oppressive as we're led to believe.
However, Greece during this time period was practicing democracy in its infancy, and had it been destroyed by Persia, it's possible that the progress of democracy itself would have been set back significantly.
It's also a fantastic story; a real-life David and Goliath, from a society where defective newborns are discarded and children are sent to train as warriors at age 7... but that was on the surface. It was also a highly advanced society where women held equal status to men and everyone sacrificed for the good of the nation, or more specifically, city state.
Did you know that the Battle of Thermopylae marked the first time Spartan hoplites engaged in battle with a foreign enemy? Up until that time, the Greek city-states had merely been battling each other.