Sunday, October 30, 2005

Blog Number 48 - The battle formation of the '300' Spartans

Here is another illustration from Frank Miller's '300', of which this one shows the phalanx, which was the military formation used by the 300 Spartans. If you haven't had a chance to see the comics, there are hundreds of images with such detail that I've wondered how long it took Frank Miller & Lynn Varley to complete all the illustrations.

Inasmuch as there are so many to choose from, my favorite illustrations are the ones which focus on the Battle of Thermopylae.

What would be some of the other images that you would like to see from '300'?

Thanks Ebwhite!


Dragon Slayer said...

Hi John, I would like to see the "wall" that the Phocians built, and the Spartans supplied the mortar. I just can't picture how they will do that if they will at all. Sorry, I don't have a scanner to post the illustration.

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
When I learnt the history of the Western world in my high-school history class,our teacher emphasized the importance of "the heavy equipped infantry corps".For they were in a sense the symbol of the equality,freedom,right,self-confidence.Are the "hoplite" the infantry corps?

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

The hoplites were the heavy armed infantry. The word hoplite is derived from hoplon, which was the circular shield carried by each warrior in the battle formation known as the phalanx.



John Trikeriotis said...

G'day Dragon Slayer~

The only image I have of the Phokian Wall is an illustration by Roger Payne. Enjoy!



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