Historical Accuracies in the Snyder's Film '300'

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300: Historical Accuracies in the Snyder's Film Introduction Herodotus and Zac Snyder have at least one thing in common: they both portray the ancient Persians in very unflattering terms. The grim, ghastly, almost monstrously barbaric (yet weirdly effeminate) features of the Persian leader Xerxes is one of the most visually arresting elements of Snyder's film 300 (based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller). How historically accurate is the film? Considering the fact that Snyder shot almost the entirety of the film on a soundstage because the film's "landscapes are different than in real life. They don't exist in the real world, only in Frank Miller's imagination," one might be tempted to say not very. Yet, there are elements of the film that do correspond to the historical Battle of Thermopylae in a way. This paper will compare and contrast Snyder's film 300 with the real history of the battle between Spartans and Persians and show why Snyder's film is more fantasy than reality. Liberty in 300: The Biggest Inaccuracy Snyder's 300 places a lot of emphasis on the idea of liberty and freedom but these are modern ideals, made popular in the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution (the Revolutionaries' anthem was "liberty, equality, fraternity"). Snyder's Spartans are meant to represent these rather modern ideals, and the Persians are meant to symbolize freedom-hating, slave-owning monsters. The irony, however, is that Cyrus (Xerxes' father) wrote the Cyrus Cylinder,

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