Sandal Punk

Sandal punk is a subgenre of the Punk Punk science fiction category. It focuses on the classical period or the ancient world before the Middle Ages, usually Ancient Rome, or Ancient Greece, or both, sometimes with hints of The Trojan War; or alternatively, on a Fantasy Counterpart Culture or Planet of Hats modeled on those settings.



  • 300 with its Persian ninjas, giant warriors and grenade throwing wizards.
  • Lou Ferrigno's Hercules battles giant extraterrestial robots.
  • Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans are set in a version of Greece where fantasy monsters are real. A few are even mechanical (a colossus in the former, an owl in the latter).
  • Disney's Hercules is a loose re-telling of the ancient myths about Hercules with several anachronistic elements.

  • Those historical novels by Mary Renault which are set in ancient Greece.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • Pyramid magazine outlined two separate Sandalpunk GURPS settings: "Bronzepunk" (Greece) and "Ironpunk" (Rome).
  • OGL Ancients is based around the civilization before the Roman Empire (with special focus on Greece and Egypt) and features the Artificer Class.

Video Games


Western Animation
  • Hercules, the midquel series to the Disney movie mentioned above, is set in an anachronistic version of ancient Greece. It explores the world even further, and features a Gadgeteer Genius father-son duo as part of its cast.