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My Take on “300: Rise of an Empire”

Under the Banner of Women History shows that love and war are not always opposites. Hollywood might not know much about history, but it has an advanced degree in sex and violence. Yet somehow, it can manage a surprising amount of insight into the human condition. A case in point is 300: Rise of an Empire, a sequel to 2006’s hugely …

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“Barry Strauss’s page-turning The Battle of Salamis mixes dynamic writing with solid scholarship”

’300: Rise of an Empire’ Reinterprets Ancient History with 21st-Century Flair | Media Mania By Joy Fleishhacker on March 4, 2014 Leave a Comment Warner Bros. Pictures provides a second installment in a film series that vivifies the long-ago Persian invasion of Greece (480 BC) with a robust amalgam of larger-than-life storytelling, fantastical and mythic touches, and sword-slashing battle scenes. The movie, 300: Rise of …

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“The Spartacus War is a thrilling account of ancient history… by this wonderful professor”

Weekend Bookworm: The Spartacus War 14 February 2014 , 11:13 AM by Rob Minshull The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss Spartacus’s was the most famous slave revolt in history and, writes Barry Strauss, arguably its largest. Spartacus defeated Roman armies, terrified the political and military elites of his time, inspired revolutionaries across the ages and, finally, captured the imagination of Hollywood. Even …