History Film / ThreeHundred

13th May '16 4:52:35 PM eroock
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'''''300''''' (''Three Hundred'') is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).

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'''''300''''' ''300'' (''Three Hundred'') is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).
6th May '16 3:33:40 AM Faberlich
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'''''300''''' is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).

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'''''300''''' (''Three Hundred'') is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).
6th May '16 3:33:11 AM Faberlich
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''300'' is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).

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''300'' '''''300''''' is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).
17th Apr '16 4:18:16 AM Horo-kun
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** The dory spear, the primary weapon of Greek hoplites, was NOT thrown. Despite Leonidas and his men shown throwing theirs with ease, the doru spears were too heavy and too long to be thrown. Javelins would have been used instead for throwing, which were shorter and lighter.

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** The dory spear, the primary weapon of Greek hoplites, was NOT thrown. Despite Leonidas and his men shown throwing theirs with ease, the doru dory spears were too heavy and too long to be thrown. Javelins would have been used instead for throwing, which were shorter and lighter.
17th Apr '16 4:17:47 AM Horo-kun
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** The doru spear, the primary weapon of Greek hoplites, was NOT thrown. Despite Leonidas and his men shown throwing theirs with ease, the doru spears were too heavy and too long to be thrown. Javelins would have been used instead for throwing, which were shorter and lighter.

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** The doru dory spear, the primary weapon of Greek hoplites, was NOT thrown. Despite Leonidas and his men shown throwing theirs with ease, the doru spears were too heavy and too long to be thrown. Javelins would have been used instead for throwing, which were shorter and lighter.
10th Apr '16 8:22:34 AM Eievie
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->''"SPARTANS! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For [[PunctuatedForEmphasis TONIGHT! WE DINE! '''IN HELL!!]]"'''''

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->''"SPARTANS! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For [[PunctuatedForEmphasis TONIGHT! WE DINE! '''IN HELL!!]]"'''''hearty… for '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis tonight! We dine! IN HELL!!]]'''"''



''300'' is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]] - [[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).

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''300'' is a heavily stylized BattleEpic movie directed by ZackSnyder, released in 2007 and [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on]] a 1998 [[ComicBooks comic miniseries]] by FrankMiller. It is [[HistoricalFiction based on real events]] - [[YouShallNotPass events]]--[[YouShallNotPass the Battle of Thermopylae]] in 480 BC during the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars Second Greco-Persian War]], as described by the ancient Greek historian Creator/{{Herodotus}}. Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a 1962 SwordAndSandal movie version called ''Film/The300Spartans'', which influenced him deeply as a child. The comic and film are extreme examples of historical movies being VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as artistic license is liberally employed (more so in the film than in the comic).



After much deliberation, Leonidas decides to defy the oracles' prophecies...sort of. He gathers three hundred of Sparta's finest soldiers (referring to them his "personal bodyguard") and marches them to the Hot Gates of Thermopylae, a narrow pass between the ocean and mountains. By rebuilding an ancient wall to bottleneck the vast Persian army, the superior fighting ability of the Spartans would conceivably make up for the small size of their army and give them a fighting chance at holding back the Persian Empire until Sparta's army can launch a full assault. Seven hundred or so other Greeks turn up as Leonidas and the 300 make their way to the Hot Gates, and a [[TheGrotesque hideously deformed Spartan man]] called Ephialtes also joins the convoy to ask Leonidas for a place on the battlefield (in exchange for information about an unguarded path that would leave the Spartans wide open to retaliation from behind). Leonidas refuses to accept Ephialtes into the fighting ranks -- it would leave a weak point in their defense -- and returns his attention to preparing for the battle.

In the meantime, Queen Gorgo (Creator/LenaHeadey) tries to persuade the Spartan politicians to support Leonidas, but Theron -- scarily played by Dominic West -- is the most stubborn of the lot.

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After much deliberation, Leonidas decides to defy the oracles' prophecies...prophecies… sort of. He gathers three hundred of Sparta's finest soldiers (referring to them his "personal bodyguard") and marches them to the Hot Gates of Thermopylae, a narrow pass between the ocean and mountains. By rebuilding an ancient wall to bottleneck the vast Persian army, the superior fighting ability of the Spartans would conceivably make up for the small size of their army and give them a fighting chance at holding back the Persian Empire until Sparta's army can launch a full assault. Seven hundred or so other Greeks turn up as Leonidas and the 300 make their way to the Hot Gates, and a [[TheGrotesque hideously deformed Spartan man]] called Ephialtes also joins the convoy to ask Leonidas for a place on the battlefield (in exchange for information about an unguarded path that would leave the Spartans wide open to retaliation from behind). Leonidas refuses to accept Ephialtes into the fighting ranks -- it ranks--it would leave a weak point in their defense -- and defense--and returns his attention to preparing for the battle.

In the meantime, Queen Gorgo (Creator/LenaHeadey) tries to persuade the Spartan politicians to support Leonidas, but Theron -- scarily Theron--scarily played by Dominic West -- is West--is the most stubborn of the lot.



The film version of ''300'' is heavily stylized thanks to both its comic book roots and the story itself presented as a [[UnreliableNarrator morale-boosting story told by Dilios]]. While accurate in some historical aspects (mostly quotes), it is presented first and foremost as a visual Greek epic tale of glory, death, and [[RuleOfCool how battling half naked is strategically superior]]. Trying to justify or explain it is as futile as explaining why [[Film/{{Commando}} Matrix]] [[MST3KMantra should face a court-martial for property damage]]. Think of this as ''SinCity'' (also by FrankMiller) with gold and red instead of white and black...and with far fewer prostitutes.

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The film version of ''300'' is heavily stylized thanks to both its comic book roots and the story itself presented as a [[UnreliableNarrator morale-boosting story told by Dilios]]. While accurate in some historical aspects (mostly quotes), it is presented first and foremost as a visual Greek epic tale of glory, death, and [[RuleOfCool how battling half naked is strategically superior]]. Trying to justify or explain it is as futile as explaining why [[Film/{{Commando}} Matrix]] [[MST3KMantra should face a court-martial for property damage]]. Think of this as ''SinCity'' (also by FrankMiller) with gold and red instead of white and black...black… and with far fewer prostitutes.



!! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis These! ARE! ''TROPES]]''!:

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!! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis These! ARE! ''TROPES]]''!:
Are! TROPES!]]:



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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The movie is obviously not meant to reflect true history. In fact, historical records of the event are already believed to be rather sensationalized and greatly embellished. ZackSnyder and FrankMiller also drew inspiration from ancient artwork, which, much like Hollywood, glamorize battles of the past. Audiences have loved muscle-bound, half-naked supermen kicking the snot out of each other for [[OlderThanTheyThink a while]]. The embellishment is heavily implied as part of the Greek propaganda even during the film. On the other hand, Zack Snyder did state rather audaciously that the history presented in the film is "[[DanBrowned 90% accurate, although the visuals are pretty crazy]]". However, none of these explain a few details:

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The movie is obviously not meant to reflect true history. In fact, historical records of the event are already believed to be rather sensationalized and greatly embellished. ZackSnyder and FrankMiller also drew inspiration from ancient artwork, which, much like Hollywood, glamorize battles of the past. Audiences have loved muscle-bound, half-naked supermen kicking the snot out of each other for [[OlderThanTheyThink a while]]. The embellishment is heavily implied as part of the Greek propaganda even during the film. On the other hand, Zack Snyder did state rather audaciously that the history presented in the film is "[[DanBrowned [[DanBrowned 90% accurate, "accurate, although the visuals are pretty crazy]]".crazy"]]. However, none of these explain a few details:



* AxeCrazy: Every other Greek believes the Spartans to be this. They aren't wrong...

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* AxeCrazy: Every other Greek believes the Spartans to be this. They aren't wrong...wrong…



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''"Only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans. Only the hard...only the strong..."''

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''"Only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans. Only the hard...hard… only the strong..."''strong…"''



* EqualOpportunityEvil: The legions of Xerxes are from all over the world (including Africa and Japan, apparently), and he even hires hunchbacks, which is TruthInTelevision, as the Persians had territory in the Middle East, parts of India (or at least Pakistan), and also ruled part of North Africa. The Greeks, however, were all... Greek.

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* EqualOpportunityEvil: The legions of Xerxes are from all over the world (including Africa and Japan, apparently), and he even hires hunchbacks, which is TruthInTelevision, as the Persians had territory in the Middle East, parts of India (or at least Pakistan), and also ruled part of North Africa. The Greeks, however, were all... all… Greek.



* EvilOverlord: Persian King Xerxes [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade is portrayed as this]], becoming the evil GodEmperor of an invading empire trying to bring the "[[HistoricalHeroUpgrade freedom-loving Greeks]]" to [[KneelBeforeZod bow down to him]]. The Immortals are outright stated to have served the "dark will" of Persian Kings for centuries. He rules his subjects [[ATasteOfTheLash through the lash]] and [[AGodAmI his divine power]], and the fact that half of his warriors are monsters and dark sorcerors leaves no doubt about how evil his empire is.

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* EvilOverlord: Persian King Xerxes [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade is portrayed as this]], becoming the evil GodEmperor of an invading empire trying to bring the "[[HistoricalHeroUpgrade freedom-loving Greeks]]" [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade "freedom-loving Greeks"]] to [[KneelBeforeZod bow down to him]]. The Immortals are outright stated to have served the "dark will" of Persian Kings for centuries. He rules his subjects [[ATasteOfTheLash through the lash]] and [[AGodAmI his divine power]], and the fact that half of his warriors are monsters and dark sorcerors leaves no doubt about how evil his empire is.



* {{Fanservice}}: An army of muscle-bound men wearing little more than leather straps and loincloths, their bodies lathered with blood and sweat and grime after a long day of slaughtering their enemies, the gratuitous slow-mo that accentuates every hard line of their abs, biceps, and thighs... yeah.

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* {{Fanservice}}: An army of muscle-bound men wearing little more than leather straps and loincloths, their bodies lathered with blood and sweat and grime after a long day of slaughtering their enemies, the gratuitous slow-mo that accentuates every hard line of their abs, biceps, and thighs... thighs… yeah.



-->'''Xerxes:''' It isn't wise to stand against me, Leonidas. Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory.
-->'''King Leonidas:''' And I would die for any one of mine.

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-->'''Xerxes:''' It isn't wise to stand against me, Leonidas. Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory.
-->'''King
victory.\\
'''King
Leonidas:''' And I would die for any one of mine.



-->'''Leonidas:''' "Never retreat, never surrender..." ''That'' is Spartan Law. And BY Spartan Law, we will stand and ''''FIGHT'''!... and die...

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-->'''Leonidas:''' "Never retreat, never surrender..." surrender…" ''That'' is Spartan Law. And BY '''by'' Spartan Law, we will stand and ''''FIGHT'''!... and die...'''''fight''''! …and die…



-->'''Dilios''': ''"Brave amateurs. They do their part."''

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-->'''Dilios''': ''"Brave Brave amateurs. They do their part."''



-->'''Dilios''': Those behind cry "Forward"! Those in front cry "[[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat BACK!]]"

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-->'''Dilios''': Those behind cry "Forward"! Those in front cry "[[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat BACK!]]"[[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat "BACK!"]]



* RefugeInAudacity: Leonidas' plan to use LoopholeAbuse to get around the fact he legally ''can't'' go to War. He's simply going for a walk, perhaps to the Hot Gates, whilst accompanied by 300 "[[BlatantLies Bodyguards]]"... What's illegal about ''that''?!

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* RefugeInAudacity: Leonidas' plan to use LoopholeAbuse to get around the fact he legally ''can't'' go to War. He's simply going for a walk, perhaps to the Hot Gates, whilst accompanied by 300 "[[BlatantLies Bodyguards]]"... What's [[BlatantLies "bodyguards"]]. …what's illegal about ''that''?!



* UnderestimatingBadassery: Xerxes' massive ego causes him to learn this the hard way, realising far too late, that despite their reputation as savages, the Spartans are clearly [[GeniusBruiser stronger and far more intelligent]] than they let on. The fact that a token force of 300 individuals somehow are managing to hold out for over 3 days against an overwhelming force of tens of thousands of men... yeah. Made worse that he ''still'' doesn't realise that Leonidas' plan is ''clearly'' for the Spartans to go out performing a LastStand, which will rally the rest of Greece into a ''furious'' horde against the Persian army.

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: Xerxes' massive ego causes him to learn this the hard way, realising far too late, that despite their reputation as savages, the Spartans are clearly [[GeniusBruiser stronger and far more intelligent]] than they let on. The fact that a token force of 300 individuals somehow are managing to hold out for over 3 days against an overwhelming force of tens of thousands of men... men… yeah. Made worse that he ''still'' doesn't realise that Leonidas' plan is ''clearly'' for the Spartans to go out performing a LastStand, which will rally the rest of Greece into a ''furious'' horde against the Persian army.



The thousand nations of the Persian Empire descend upon you! Our arrows... ''will blot out the sun!''\\

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The thousand nations of the Persian Empire descend upon you! Our arrows... arrows… ''will blot out the sun!''\\
7th Apr '16 8:16:25 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* BadassNormal. The other non-Spartan Greek soldiers who also take part in the battle. The first half of the movie hypes up how the Immortals are the Persians' elite soldiers and nothing can stand up to them, not even the Spartans. During the first night's battle when Xerxes sends in the Immortals, Leonidas decides to use the other Greeks in a flanking attack: the Spartans face them head on, while the other Greeks strike them from the side by surprise (from a crack in the canyon wall). Dilios's narration scoffs that they are "brave amateurs" who make a mess of things, but admits that they play their part -- as the camera shows that even the standard Greek soldiers are performing ''reasonably well'' against the until-now thought to be utterly invincible Immortals. Granted, they have the benefit of surprise, and they're still losing men in the exchange, but there's still a massive boost in Greek morale when you have a dying Immortal impaled on the end of the sword you're holding.
** In real life, the Persian army wore light armor and was focused on rapid movement across the vast plains of the Persian Empire. Greece is small and mountainous, so its warfare style focused on heavy infantry defending choke points. The Persians weren't well-adapted to Greek-style warfare on their turf, but Leonidas knew perfectly well how to use the terrain to his advantage. Even "normal" Greek hoplite infantry had heavier armor and weapons than conscripted Persian light infantry. The movie of course has everyone bare-chested, but at least you see the Spartans and other Greeks clearly wielding massive heavy shields. An army of Fragile Speedsters tried to force an army of the Tanks from a choke point, with predictable results.
7th Apr '16 8:13:42 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* AdrenalineTime: Used extensively. It's mocked in a number of the parodies of this film.

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* %%* AdrenalineTime: Used extensively. It's mocked in a number of the parodies of this film.extensively. .



* ArmorIsUseless: Played so very straight; the Spartans in this movie do not wear anything except loincloths, helmets, and cloaks. They ''do'' discuss the purpose and importance of the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield Wall]], which would be an aversion of this trope if they actually [[HollywoodTactics bothered to use that strategy]] for longer than the first thirty seconds of fighting.

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* ArmorIsUseless: Played so very straight; the Spartans in this movie do not wear anything except loincloths, helmets, and cloaks. They ''do'' discuss the purpose and importance of the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield Wall]], which would be an aversion of this trope if they actually [[HollywoodTactics bothered to use that strategy]] for longer than the first thirty seconds of fighting.%%%%* ArmorIsUseless:
11th Mar '16 1:10:09 PM eroock
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* BloodFromTheMouth: Captain Artemis is spitting blood immediately after being speared during the FinalBattle.
9th Mar '16 10:45:37 AM MBI
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* WeatherOfWar: The Spartans catch an early break when some of Xerxes's ships are taken out by a massive thunderstorm.
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