This is Sparta! is a 2007 meme inspired by a scene in the film "300" in which Leonidas, the Spartan leader, pushes a Persian envoy into a pit. When the envoy's feet are off the edge, he apologizes to Leonidas for having taken his sword. "Spartan," replies Leonidas, and throws him down the hole.
The scene is based on an actual event that took place during the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. The embassy was sent by the ruler of Persia, Xerxes, to ask King Leonidas to stop his soldiers from invading Greece. When the Persians arrived at the battle site, they were confronted by 300 Spartans who had been told not to fight back if attacked. All but one of them died fighting against the much larger army of invaders. The survivor was found guilty of treason against Xerxes and executed.
Spartan means without fear or weakness. The term was used to describe people who were determined to fight until all of them were dead. This story takes place in ancient Greece. At this time, Greece was made up of many different city-states who were always fighting with each other. Only Athens and Sparta were strong enough to keep themselves united. The others were too weak; so they paid taxes to them instead.
The Spartans numbered 300 people. King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) leads 300 Spartans into combat against the Persian "God-King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his invading army of almost 300,000 troops. Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) seeks to garner Spartan support for her husband while the conflict rages on.
This film is based on which historical figure? The story of King Leonidas and his warriors has been told many times before in movies such as this one. This version is different in that it is a modern take that focuses on technology instead of swords and spears.
Sparta was destroyed by Xerxes' army. Does this mean that this movie takes place in 400 BC? No, Sparta was rebuilt after being defeated by Athens in 404 BC. This movie takes place in 480 BC -- nearly 100 years later. However, there are some similarities between the two cities-minded, determined leaders who fight an overwhelming force.
In this movie, King Leonidas leads a small group of soldiers to defeat Xerxes' massive army. In actuality, there were only about 7,000 men left at the end of the war. But despite their small size, the Spartans were able to hold out for three years against much larger armies.
Sparta (Sparte) derives from Latin Sparta (Sparte) or Ancient Greek Sparta (Sparta).
It was a major city-state in Greece. At its height, it was the most powerful state in Europe after Athens.
Sparta's military reputation made it a threat to its neighbors; therefore, they formed an alliance against Sparta. The war lasted three years and ended with the destruction of Sparta. The city never recovered and was replaced by a Roman colony.
The name Sparta comes from the ancient Spartan language and means "allied people". This refers to the city's role as a meeting place where cities from around Greece would come together to make peace or fight wars. The word "spartan" has become synonymous with "rigorous", based on the harsh training methods used by the Spartans.
Did you know? Sparta was the birthplace of cricket. The first written evidence of cricket being played in Greece can be found in the records of Sparta. It says that a game called "krekhto" was played by athletes from different cities who were invited to compete in Sparta.
Cricket remains a popular sport in Greece today.