Again obvious politics in Hollywood. Two decades ago it was the space-war and the traveling humongous space ships. Ten years ago, disasters and meteorites, natural disasters and human cruelty. Recently, Greek history and mythology (and other sagas): "Troy" made a good start with the Oriental Trojans represented as a civilized, moral and heroic power. It offered bad services to the U.S. justifications of war against oriental tyrannies (Iraq). Then, this error was rectified with "Alexander", where Darius appears as Osama bin Laden. Now the "300", (always they forget the 700 poor Thespians who also volunteered to help Leonidas and die at Thermopylae- even in Greek history books they put them in the shadow zone of secondary figures.)
The pics are from Frank Miller's "300", and in the second one a comparison between the comic drawing and the movie scene.
Not that far from the account of Herodotus who did field work and interviews just 30 years after the events (480 B.C.).
Personally I remember the monument of Thermopylae always on our family trips to Athens. Always my father would stop there and we would play, by the basis of Leonidas statue. Even I remember once I forgot there one of my favorite toys: a small spear man made of led and coloured in red and vivid blue. A miniature of historical instrumentation.