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The film The 300 Spartans is the story of the Battle of Thermopylai where the 300 strong personal guard of King Leonidas defended a mountain pass at Thermopylai so that Xerxes of Persia couldnt conquer Greece As far as detailing how the events at Thermopylai went The 300 Spartans was an accurate film In real life Leonidas and his men held the Persians back for two days after which they were sold out by a local Greek named Ephialtes In the movie Ephialtes is rejected by a Spartan women which gives him the motif to lead the Immortals through the abandoned goat track Whether this was actually his reason for helping Xerxes is irrelevant as it probably isnt mentioned in any history books It also adds a little more interest to the film for those who saw it for reasons other than watching men hack into each other with swords When news of the Immortals back door attack became apparent the Athenians were ordered to retreat Only the Boiotians aided Leonidas and his men the real Spartan army were sent only as far as the Isthmus of Corinth This was included in the film not only because it was historically correct but also because it made the out numbered side seem more heroic The Boiotians were defeated first then the King was killed in battle His now unemployed personal guard formed a protective circle around his corpse where they are finally finished off with arrows As a source of historical information The 300 Spartans isnt as accurate as you might hope The Spartans in real life fought their battles in the nude with the exception of a small amount of armor In the film however the soldiers are fully clothed as are the women back home they too wore few garments This mistake is understandable as no production company now or then would finance and release a mainstream movie where
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