Wednesday, June 19, 2013

300: Rise of an Empire

300 was a film that inspired many people to take a closer look at the Ancient World and in particular the Spartans. "ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς"  "With it or on it"

As seen in my previous post, I have much investment in this new sequel or addition to the 300 series. I enjoyed immensely translating Herodotus Book 8, which feature the Battle of Salamis.....

And Artemisia.....Eva Green will do me proud. I have dedicated hours of my life to understanding Herodotus' portrayal of this woman for his Histories and literally for all history. She is a strong, unbending, intelligent, cunning, and powerful woman.
Eva Green as Artemisia Queen of Halicarnassus

Eva Green as Artemisia Queen of Halicarnassus
Eva Green as Artemisia Queen of Halicarnassus

I am excited to see the battle ramming with actual "rams." I recall being in Professor Chrissanthos' courses in which he would show Ben Hur for his "ramming example." But NOW, he will have an actual example within this film which may even slow it down (since the 300 films seem to do the slow motion fighting).

Ancient Greek Reconstruction Trireme
notice the ram is made of metal at tip on the left side
Vase painting of an ancient Greek ship
notice the ram is the tip on the left side
*τῶν μέν νυν ἄλλων οὐ παραμέμνημαι ταξιάρχων ὡς οὐκ ἀναγκαζόμενος, Ἀρτεμισίης δὲ τῆς μάλιστα θῶμα ποιεῦμαι ἐπὶ τὴν Ἑλλάδα στρατευσαμένης γυναικός· ἥτις ἀποθανόντος τοῦ ἀνδρὸς αὐτή τε ἔχουσα τὴν τυραννίδα καὶ παιδὸς ὑπάρχοντος νεηνίεω ὑπὸ λήματός τε καὶ ἀνδρηίης ἐστρατεύετο, οὐδεμιῆς οἱ ἐούσης ἀναγκαίης. (7.99.1)

On the one hand, now, I make no mention of the other commanders since not being compelled (to do so), but on the other hand, of Artemisia whom I make a marvel (awe) at especially; as a woman was marching against the Greek: who, when her husband died, this woman having the power, although her son becoming a young man, on account of both courage and manly spirit she was serving, since for her there was no compulsion

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