Saturday, March 24, 2007

300 times



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.)


Reactions:1. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1799652/posts
2. http://www.300spartanwarriors.com/
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.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Saned said...

πωs κάνω you γνωρίζω Ελληνικός? έχω you ζω μέσα Αθήνα?

9:45 AM  
Blogger Vas said...

soooooooo funny!!!! You must be using tranlating engine or something, and only when i got it word by word in english it made sense:))). Well i know it, it is my mother language. Cheeeeers

9:50 AM  
Blogger Saned said...

it's more of me going to Greek language classes once a week instead of 5! ;)

1:50 AM  
Blogger Vas said...

Uhh i see. tell me, do you take classical or modern greek courses? well, it MAY sound bossy but "DON'T SKIP YOUR CLASSES AT THE BEGINNER'S LEVEL", :))

8:21 AM  
Blogger Saned! said...

haha..I'm (was..not sure yet, I am/was just auditing) taking modern Greek. I don't find any use of learning classical since i am interested in communicating with other people :) Although the university offers Ancient Greek.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

you do the right thing. do not quit, it is just a beautiful language, rational and poetical at the same time: use the following links for a good revision and give me your feed-back
http://hellonet.teithe.gr/
http://www.xanthi.ilsp.gr/filog/

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Observer said...

I guess that I have to go and watch this movie. I love Greek methodoloy. Seems interesting...

3:28 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

have not watched it yet myself, but Miller's comic is interesting and so is the description of the preparation and the battles by Herodotus. Welcome to the balad al 3zeez

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love miller's work

-moey

12:33 AM  
Blogger Vas said...

OKKK moey, but is this the reason that you do not provide us (your fans) with those beautiful texts of yours anymore??

7:45 AM  
Anonymous mythos said...

Πολύ εύστοχες παρατηρήσεις και ενδιαφέρουσα θεματολογία, νομιζς οτι μόλις κερδίσατε έναν αναγνώστη.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Vas said...

mythos, είστε πολύ ευπρόσδεκτος/η

8:14 AM  
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