Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Herodotus in the news

Herodotus, with the help of Frank Miller, is again making headlines and giving ideas to Hollywood.

Based on Frank Miller's upcoming graphic novel "Xerxes" and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
so with all the Spartans dead, who will be in this movie?link 

 300: Rise of An Empire follows the first film's primary villain Xerxes I of Persia as he battles other Greek cities like Themistocles, Salamis and Marathon. With all of the original 300 dying in the first movie, the heroes of this film will be entirely new, with much of the movie said to focus on the villainous Xerxes and his female battle commander Artemisia, played by Bond girl Eva Green.

luckily for us, Hollywood will giver her more pulcritude.

Yes, the Persians love to cite her as evidence that they had equality of women...but actually, she was Greek ruling a city founded and peopled by Greeks, and the widow of a tyrant who had bowed to the Persians to become one of their colonies...one of her parents came from the same Greek city-state as Herodotus, so he makes her a bit of a heroine.

The good news is that, for all the Iranian propaganda about her being a respected commander, Xerxes ignored her advice and ended up losing the battle of Salamis.

So the good news is that your kids might learn history as they aren't taught in our PC schools.

and more good news: The Iranians hated 300, so presumably they'll hate this one more.

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