March 10, 2007
Were the Spartans neocons?
Thursday night my roommates and I went to see Frank Miller's new 300 (a nearly sold out event). I thought it was a lot of fun to watch and had amazing visual effects. CNN news has been running a negative review that complains about the mismatch between futuristic special effects on the one hand and the ancient historical setting on the other. I don't really care about this matter one way or another. I'd rather comment on one brief historical and cultural point of the film. I am highly skeptical that any society can both raise their male children to be lean mean fighting machines from birth and also place a high value on liberty and freedom as Miller's Spartans did. My roommates and I came out of the film pointing to the obvious parallel between the Spartans and current neo-cons. Both ride to war and battle for liberty in rhetoric only.
Posted by djdamico at March 10, 2007 5:36 PM
Remember when the lead guy (Leonus?) pokes fun at Athens for being the home of "Philosophers and boy lovers"? Hm, as if their philosophy wasn't the very thing they were supposedly fighting for...
Posted by: Dain at March 18, 2007 11:20 PM