Saturday, November 19, 2005

Blog Number 68 - The '300' Spartans and the 700 Thespians

The military precision and effectiveness of the Spartan phalanx combined with the tenacity of the Spartan warriors which had been instilled since their youth, made Sparta the preeminent warrior state in Ancient Greece. It was this reputation that preceded the 300 Spartans before they arrived at Thermopylae and which together with their heroic self-sacrifice in 480 B.C. became part of the Spartan legend.

In '300', Frank Miller mentions the Thespian warriors and other Greek hoplites that fought at Thermopylae and while the Thespian contribution to Thermopylae has not been totally overlooked, it has been easier to minimize because of the overwhelming Spartan superiority as described above.

What should be known is that the city of Thespiae sent the majority of her army which was comprised of 700 hoplites and who together with the remaining Spartans fought to the bitter end at Thermopylae. For this action, the city of Thespiae received the same fate as the city of Athens by being burned to the ground.

Therefore, my belief is that the Thespians should be held in the highest esteem as the Spartan fallen. After all, they were given an opportunity to leave, however, they distinguished themselves by remaining to fight and die with the remaining Spartan heroes.

5 comments:

Sadieanne said...

The Thesbian sacrifice was much bigger than I realized. They do deserve the same high regard that their Spartan counterparts enjoyed. Thanks for your part in bringing them into focus.

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
Thespians proved the unity of Greek Poleis first and in tragic way.Their Muse made a drama which remains thousands of years.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

I hope that the Thespians are shown a little bit more than they were in 'The 300 Spartans' and in '300' as they fought and died to the last man as the Spartans.

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
That's the spirit.The lines of Leonidas and Thespian leader is great in 'The 300 Spartans'.Is it a please-everyone policy?

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

The inclusion of the Thespians into '300' would go a long way into making those familiar with the Battle of Thermopylae happy. I suspect that David Wenham will be playing Dilios, therefore, I'm hoping that Dominic West will be portraying the leader of the 700 Thespians. Now that would be great!

Cheers,

John