Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Blog Number 72 - An illustration of the '300' Spartans at Thermopylae

Here is an image of the Battle of Thermopylae by the renowned illustrator J. Steeple Davis. This illustration reflects the vantage point of the Persian army and while the landscape depicted is incorrect, it does provide that claustrophobic feeling that must have been prevalent amongst the warriors on both sides. The Pass of Thermopylae was chosen as the battlefield by Greece because according to Herodotus it was approximately 50 feet wide in 480 B.C., which would have reduced the effectiveness of the much larger enemy force.

With CGI, the landscape of the battlefied at Thermopylae can be duplicated so that it looks like it did 2,500 years ago which would be phenomenal!

4 comments:

Miyuki said...

I see why Stelios tumbled.The tumble triggered the dramatic event which showed us how decisive the king was in a spread(!) in 'Frank Miller's 300'.For they say 'the king does not REPEAT the order'.Cool!Also the King was thoughtful to 'encourage'Stelios to carry his father,Captain, on his back.I admire their dignity in such an extreme situation.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

In the original draft written by Michael Gordon, Stelios was the son of the Captain. I'm curious to see if this relationship will be the same in the movie. It should be very interesting if it is!

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
The least I want to know is a reasonable,desirably mental, relationship.I read that Spartans didn't consider whether the man was his son or not,in training.Anyway I hope the movie to be much the best one.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

In 'The 300 Spartans', the father of one of the warriors dies at the end while his son carries a message back to Sparta. I am curious to see if something comparable occurs in '300'.

Cheers,

John