09:18:08 AM May 23rd 2014
Quick question: I thought Zoroastrianism came with the Parthians?
10:25:35 AM Dec 1st 2011
- There is more than a little irony in depicting Spartans as the champions of "freedom". The entire reason for their militaristic society was that they ruled the largest population of slaves in Greece and needed to be warriors in order to keep the Helots in line. They were in fact rather vicious towards the Helots, especially during certain ritualistic periods when killing them was actually encouraged in order to maintain a climate of fear. Also of interest is that Spartan society was a lot less democratic than depicted and placed virtually all power over individual lives into the hands of the state. However, the apparent assumption that audiences could only handle clearly defined heroes versus villains meant cleaning out a lot of the moral ambiguity that actual history would impose on the story.
02:31:52 PM Feb 28th 2014
Uhm, you actually blame the Spartans? They didn't have a strong written culture or much need for that kind of propaganda. Ancient writers were nowhere near as blunt as the director of this overdone piece, it's he who is entirely to blame. Not that it is at all surprising for a film to take liberties with history or source material. But this movie truly reaches new depths. So just the final sentence is perhaps naieve or superfluous. But I had already inserted a new item in the list of liberties before reading this.