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--> '''Gillen:''' [He read] one of the speeches about ‘The only free men the world has ever known,’ and literally had a moment of incandescent rage and shouted at the book, ‘You hunted slaves!’

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--> '''Gillen:''' [He [I read] one of the speeches about ‘The only free men the world has ever known,’ and literally had a moment of incandescent rage and shouted at the book, ‘You hunted slaves!’



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* YouShallNotPass: Klaros's one-man ''300'' act at the entrance to the gully.

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* YouShallNotPass: Klaros's one-man ''300'' act at the entrance to the gully.gully.
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* InVinoVeritas: The plot kicks off when an Ephor and his escort force a group of helots to drink unwatered down wine. When they don't like what the drunken Terpander [[KillEmAll has to]] [[TheDogBitesBack say...]]

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* InVinoVeritas: The plot kicks off when an Ephor and his escort force a group of helots to drink unwatered down wine. When they don't like what the drunken Terpander [[KillEmAll has to]] [[TheDogBitesBack say...]]

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* CostumeEvolution: Spartan hoplite armor comes in two types - the older full-faced (''Corinthian'') helmet with a bronze muscle cuirass, and the newer open-faced conical (''pilos'') helmet with a laminated linen cuirass (''linothorax''). The older armor was the type Leonidas wore. The 300 Spartiates are equipped with the newer type, while Nestos steals a set of the older type which belonged to his grandfather.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Spartan society in general, and a central theme of the novel. King Kleomenes comments that the tale of the two hounds taught to young Spartan boys, in which breeding is said to be as important as training, is different from the one taught to him as a child, in which training was emphasised as being more important than breeding. The altered tale reflects Sparta's military and political decline and how the education system tries to compensate by emphasising Spartan blood. The Ephors disparage Kleomenes and his late father Kleombrotus, the Spartan king who commanded the Spartan-Peloponnesian army at Leuctra and fell in the battle, while praising Agesilaos, who essentially used a loophole in Spartan law in order to avoid the numerous survivors of the battle from being branded outcasts. Kleomenes calls out the Ephors on their hypocrisy and also points out the mistake that Agesilaos made in waging punishment wars against Thebes for 30 years, thereby inadvertently strengthening Thebes, leading to the disaster at Leuctra. Nestos also points out his parents' hypocrisy in having only one son in order to avoid having to split their large estate, even though parents in Sparta were specifically expected to have many sons in order for there to be sufficient manpower for the army.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Spartan society in general, and a central theme of the novel. King Kleomenes comments that the tale of the two hounds taught to young Spartan boys, in which breeding is said to be as important as training, is different from the one taught to him as a child, in which training was emphasised as being more important than breeding. The altered tale reflects Sparta's military and political decline and how the education system tries to compensate by emphasising Spartan blood. The Ephors disparage Kleomenes and his late father Kleombrotus, the Spartan king who commanded the Spartan-Peloponnesian army at Leuctra and fell in the battle, while praising Agesilaos, who essentially used a loophole in Spartan law in order to avoid prevent the numerous survivors of the battle from being branded outcasts.outcasts, which would have had a disastrous effect on Spartan manpower. Kleomenes calls out the Ephors on their hypocrisy and also points out the mistake that Agesilaos made in waging punishment wars against Thebes for 30 years, thereby inadvertently strengthening Thebes, leading to the disaster at Leuctra. Nestos also points out his parents' hypocrisy in having only one son in order to avoid having to split their large estate, even though parents in Sparta were specifically expected to have many sons in order for there to be sufficient manpower for the army.army.
* HypocrisyNod: Kleomenes acknowledges that killing Klaros with a huge boulder dropped from above was dishonorable, but he also points out that with Sparta being in dire straits, they no longer have the luxury to entertain unrealistic notions of honor - which are already being blatantly violated in any case, the prime example being Agesilaos' effective pardon of all the survivors of the Battle of Leuctra, even though by Spartan law they should have been denounced as 'Tremblers' and rendered into outcasts.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Spartan society in general, and a central theme of the novel. King Kleomenes comments that the tale of the two hounds taught to young Spartan boys, in which breeding is said to be as important as training, is different from the one taught to him as a child, in which training was emphasised as being more important than breeding. The altered tale reflects Sparta's military and political decline and how the education system tries to compensate by emphasising Spartan blood. The Ephors disparage Kleomenes and his late father Kleombrotus, the Spartan king who commanded the Spartan-Peloponnesian army at Leuctra and fell in the battle, while praising Agesilaos, who essentially used a loophole in Spartan law in order to avoid the numerous survivors of the battle from being branded outcasts. Kleomenes calls out the Ephors on their hypocrisy and also points out the mistake that Agesilaos made in waging punishment wars against Thebes for 30 years, thereby inadvertently strengthening Thebes, leading to the disaster at Leuctra. Nestos also points out his parents' hypocrisy in having only one son in order to avoid having to split their large estate, even though parents in Sparta were specifically expected to have many sons in order for there to be sufficient manpower for the army.



* VestigialEmpire: Sparta is in the process of developing into this at the time of the novel, which helps explain why there is such an extreme reaction to the Three's revolt.

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* VestigialEmpire: Sparta is in the process of developing into this at the time of the novel, seven years after the disastrous Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, which helps explain why there is such an extreme reaction to the Three's revolt.


* DeathFromAbove: Kleomenes has Klaros killed by having his men drop a huge boulder on him from the top of the gully.

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* DeathFromAbove: Kleomenes has Klaros killed by having his men drop a huge boulder on him from the top of the gully. His fellow Spartans call it a dishonorable way to kill a man, but Kleomenes retorts that such notions of honor will doom them in the long run.


* ShownTheirWork: Keiran Gillen did a lot of research into Spartan society to get the details right according to the most recent academic literature on the topic. The notes even contain an extended discussion between Gillen and a professor of history who specializes in that particular period.

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* ShownTheirWork: Keiran Kieron Gillen did a lot of research into Spartan society to get the details right according to the most recent academic literature on the topic. The notes even contain an extended discussion between Gillen and a professor of history who specializes in that particular period.

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* ShownTheirWork: Keiran Gillen did a lot of research into Spartan society to get the details right according to the most recent academic literature on the topic. The notes even contain an extended discussion between Gillen and a professor of history who specializes in that particular period.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: When Terpander makes a drunken joke about a group of Spartan soldiers who were killed in a Helot uprising, the Ephor responds by ordering his men to kill every Helot in the room.


* LoverAndBeloved: Kleomenes and Tyrtaios had this relationship in their back story.

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* LoverAndBeloved: Kleomenes and Tyrtaios talk about how they had this kind of homosexual relationship in their back story.backstory, fitting with Ancient Greek societal mores.

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* IHaveNoSon: When Nestos returns home after he's denounced as a 'Trembler' (an outcast of Spartan society who showed cowardice) for failing to kill the Helots who killed his father, his widowed mother declares that her son never returned home and considers the man standing in front of her lower than her racing horses.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: The Three, who make the trained Spartans pay for every inch when they are cornered.


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* InVinoVeritas: The plot kicks off when an Ephor and his escort force a group of helots to drink unwatered down wine. When they don't like what the drunken Terpander [[KillEmAll has to]] [[TheDogBitesBack say...]]


--> '''Gillen:''' [I read} one of the speeches about ‘The only free men the world has ever known,’ and literally had a moment of incandescent rage and shouted at the book, ‘You hunted slaves!’

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--> '''Gillen:''' [I read} [He read] one of the speeches about ‘The only free men the world has ever known,’ and literally had a moment of incandescent rage and shouted at the book, ‘You hunted slaves!’

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