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½ June 28, 2010
This is a mildy interesting docu that occasionally comes up with something interesting about the Spartans of the Classical Greece period. Bettany Hughes narrates and adds some color to the otherwise static shots of Greek ruins and battle sites. A major problem with doing anything lengthy about the Spartans is they left virtually no written materials, relatively few artifacts and not much else. So a lot of what we know about them was written by their enemies, such as classical Athens, Sparta's principal rival. The docu doesn't exactly say it but it has a lot to do with why it spends a fair amount of time talking about Athens and not Sparta.

What is well-known is that Sparta aspired to the perfect state through a system of breeding the perfect warrior. Most remembered and immortalized for the 300 Spartans' defense at Thermopylai, for a time they were the class act on the battlefields of old, their matchless discipline much admired by later civs who cherry-picked elements of the Spartan philosophy. Spartan women had far more freedom and influence than females in any other classical civ. That Sparta also had a crude eugenics program via a particularly ruthless form of infanticide, roaming terror squads that killed anyone remotely an enemy of the state, and enslaved fellow Greeks to free themselves of labor are less admirable elements of their extreme culture. After a long decline, they never recovered after they lost their slave-based economy.

The production is pretty low budget with a camera following Hughes in her funky vehicle, with a little drama added with some reenactors marching around as Greek hoplites. I always thought their helmets were cool :cool: Anyone needing an Antiquity fix or in need some elective CEU's you could do worse. Its' all 4:3 and mono.
January 27, 2010
unreal damn they liked to kill lol
April 28, 2009
not seen it but looks good
April 7, 2009
Loved it because it had some strong history and although not 100% accurate it got closer than any other Hollywood flick
March 30, 2009
300 is so much better, see it....It's actually ENTERTAINING to see. History can be fun!!!AND VIOLENT!!!!
½ February 21, 2009
If you've liked Michael Wood's documentaries over the years, you should thoroughly enjoy the work of Oxford-educated historian Bettany Hughes. Here she challenges the perception that Sparta was merely a realm of warmongers, primitive in comparison with the philosophy and civilization of Athens. Sparta, it turns out, had a rich culture all its own and aspects of social inclusiveness its sister city-state never knew.
January 27, 2009
Stupid! My IQ is dropping! Ahhhh!
October 19, 2008
done seen it itz muh shiznit
October 6, 2008
just because it sounds like 300 n i thot 300 was among the best movie of 07
September 15, 2008
way better than the spoof!
August 3, 2008
An informative and well-made documentary. Very nice.
July 29, 2008
more 300 one day,gone the trend-loving fuckers.
½ June 29, 2008
had to watch in sux!!!!
½ June 6, 2008
Very interesting, however, both somewhat glorify the spartan soldiers. We must remember that these men trained so intensively because they had a 90 percent slave population. They were affraid of revolt, and rarely moved their armies from their city, hence their being afraid!
May 10, 2008
If you see 300 and wish to know where it all sprang from, watch this
May 3, 2008
March 23, 2008
the best bit woz the fact that chris crooker popped up 4rm no where lol buh yer the film is funni though
March 21, 2008
If it is a pbs documentary then no, but if it is an actual movie then yes
March 11, 2008
yeah this is a good movie but the direction is poor and camarra play is also poor
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