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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 antiquity’s 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.It was this filmwhich inspired Frank Miller to create a series of comic books, entitled, 300. The 2007 Warner Bros. film which was adapted from these comics raised awareness of this clash between the coalition of Greek city-states led by King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans, against the Persian forces amassed by Xerxes the Great.
However, the film adaptation 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 should be 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
Lecturer of ancient Greek warfare: John Trikeriotis - To view several of the lectures or presentations with respect to the 300 Spartans, please click the image
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 of the panoply based on the images of the contemporaneous pottery/vases that have survived from the era.
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 facets 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
The global catalog of library collections, Worldcat.org has cited the 300spartanwarriors.com website
TeachersFirst.com: A website by teachers, has recommended 300spartanwarriors.com as a student resource