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(Text and images on ancient history's greatest
last stand are accessible via the links below)
The Graeco-Persian Wars are an integral part of the curriculum of many high schools, colleges and universities around the world. Of these conflicts, one of antiquities’ greatest confrontations is that at Thermopylae (‘Hot Gates’), which has been taught in military academies as an example of how a small well-trained group of resolute warriors can defend their position against a numerically superior force. In 1962, 20th Century Fox premiered the first and most accurate depiction of the battle entitled, The 300 Spartans which inspired the version created and illustrated by Frank Miller.
The 2007 Warner Bros. motion picture 300 that was also based on this conflict raised awareness of this clash between the coalition of Greek city-states led by King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans, and the Persian forces amassed by Xerxes the Great. However, the film, adapted from the eponymously named Miller comic book series was ahistorical in its depiction of the combatants, Persian royalty and the events of 480 BC. Criticized by scholars and many in the academic community, the embellishments by Hollywood seemed to be egregiously disproportionate to what is taught in classrooms. Despite these objections, the follow-up 300: Rise of an Empire, which debuted this year followed the same linear approach as its predecessor with its mixture of fact and fantasy.
Both of these movies share one thing in common...their lack of historicity.>>>MORE
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II. Education for middle and upper schools
On-site and remote location learning
(Bringing the museum to the classroom)
Since the few extant archaeological artifacts that have been recovered from the battlefield of Thermopylae are weapons (primarily arrowheads), any mention of what armor the Greek warriors wore during the iconic last stand may seem speculative. Therefore, in the course of our research we have either constructed or commissioned many of these individual components based on the images of the contemporaneous pottery/vases that have survived from the era. Several invaluable resources have been consulted that must be acknowledged, and which are cited at the end of our interview by the independent historians from "The Ultimate History Project". The article which can be accessed via the preceding link mentions only several of these titles, and it is for this reason that we have expanded the list so that it offers a more comprehensive selection for the faculty and students who wish to pursue this topic further.
We can not emphasize or quantify the importance of the visit to the classroom, especially when one of the benefits derived from our appearance is that students are able to examine, and if they wish, array themselves in the various components of the armor worn by the ancient Greek warrior. We have compiled a multimedia presentation which encourages a hands-on approach with students in the classroom, whether at the lower, middle or upper school level. It is this tangible characteristic which offers the pupils a different perspective on the warfare of the ancient Greeks which can not be extrapolated from the textbook alone...>>>MORE
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