Mom and I went to the movie theatre last evening, “300: Rise of an Empire” my choice. She took notice of the large male attendance. Chose the movie because I remembering loving “300,” in particular a handsome Gerard Butler.
“300: Rise of an Empire” focuses on the battle of Salamis, although I would suggest that the movie has historical flaws. The battle of Salamis took place in September 480 BC, a naval battle fought between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Achaemenid Empire of Persia. (1) On paper the Persian fleet outnumbered the Greek, bounded for victory. Nevertheless, the Athenian general Themistocles persuaded the Greek Allies to meet the Persian fleet again (Read more about The Battle of Thermopylae & Battle of Artemisium). Xerxes, the Persian king was eager for a decisive battle. An eagerness that resulted in the Persian navy sailing into the Straits of Salamis in an attempt to block both entrances. The conditions and the large number of ships made it difficult to maneuver, the Greek fleet saw a window sinking and capturing at least 300 Persian ships.
We watched the movie in 3D, would not lie that I mostly remember a lot of blood and battles. Deep issues surfaced too of slavery and rape. To say I enjoyed the movie would be wrong, since it was dark. However, it made me wanna read the history again. I hope you are having a great Easter, I am going to hunt for my Easter egg tonight. 1 princeton.edu
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