300 Spartans - The Real Story
73min | Spoken Language: English
Dr. Michael Scott, HOST (as seen on NOVA, History Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic Channel, etc)
"Thermopylae...This is the site of the most famous last stand in hisotry! Go back 2,500 years to the wars between ancient Greece (West) and Persia (East). The Greco-Persian Wars 2,500 years ago were a clash between two people, two cultures, two systems of government and two continents. The first clash between East and West. A clash that has, sadly, continued all the way to today."
Great TV companion to the hit movie 300.
The Legend is Fabulous, the Real Story Astonishing!
WINNER: BEST FEATURE at the LONDON GREEK FILM FESTIVAL
What was the real mission of Leonidas and the 300 Spartans? Were they always on a suicide mission?
Putting aside the myths and legends surrounding the 300 Spartans, this documentary takes a detailed look at The Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, leading to the last stand of the 300 Spartans, other Greeks and the Great Spartan King, Leonidas. The legend passed down is that Leonidas went to Thermopylae with a picked band of 300 Spartans to defend the narrow pass with units from other Greek cities.
Why they were there and what eventually led to the most famous last stand in history. Focusing on six key passages in Herodotus’ text, the real story gives a completely different picture than the legend we all know. Leonidas did not stay because Spartans never retreated, they had already retreated once in this war. He had plenty of time to retreat if he wanted to, but his actions on the last day point to something completely different.