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  EPIC BATTLES, CONQUERORS AND KINGS
Spartacus
Stanley Kubrick, 1960
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Only after completing the task of surviving in the wild with little more than the clothes on one's back could one return to his people a Spartan. Young Leonidas (Gerard Butler) passed his initiation when he killed the wolf. What happened to those who failed?
To stop Spartacus' (Kirk Douglas) army from reaching Rome, two things needed to be done immediately. The first, according to Gracchus (Charles Laughton), was making Julius Caesar (John Gavin) the permanent commander of the garrison. He also suggested sending two legions to the city of Metapontum. Crassus (Laurence Olivier) agreed to lead those legions, but not before something was done for him. What did he want, apart from being elected First Consul of Rome?
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(1) They either died trying or returned to live out their days in some less honorable way. (2) The Agoge (3) He insulted his queen. (4) The size of the Persian army obviously concerned them. But it had more to do with when the battle would be fought - in the month of August during the sacred festival of Carneia. (5) He smashed his fist against the palm of his left hand. (6) The great Phocian Wall was rebuilt.

(7) They must have fed on a few wild animals, but none were consumed in the film. (8) That he had so few to sacrifice. (9)  His deformity was a liability. The Spartans fought as a single, impenetrable unit. Pleistarchos could barely raise his own shield. A single weak spot in the phalanx would shatter it. (10) He complimented Pleistarchos on his thrust. (11) Leonidas told Pleistarchos that he could help by clearing the battlefield of the dead and by tending to the wounded. (12) The first wave of Persian soldiers


Spartacus
He also wanted command of all the legions of Italy, and the abolition of senatorial authority over the courts.
 
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2. When a child reached the age of seven, he would be taken away from his parents to begin his training as a Spartan. Each boy was forced to fight, and to kill, if necessary. They were also starved and forced to steal. That tradition was known by what name?

3. The heads of four conquered kings were supposed to serve as a warning to the Spartan state, but Leonidas wasn't intimated. The threat of slavery and death were reason enough to do what he did, but if you ask us, this was what sealed the emissary's (Tyrone Benskin) fate.

4. No Spartan king could go to war without the Ephors' blessing. Why did they deny Leonidas' request?

5. Is it possible to emphasize a point without raising one's voice? Absolutely. How did Leonidas accomplish that
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trick when he uttered the words, "Wave after wave of Persian attack will smash against Spartan shields"?

6. 300 Spartans against an army believed to number in the hundreds of thousands? Most would call that suicide. The plan was to draw the enemy into a narrow passageway called the Hot Gates. What fortification blocked the Persian's coastal assault?

7. The Spartans' appetite must have been as voracious as their fighting skills. An apple a day wouldn't be anywhere near enough to keep the Persians at bay. Where did the food they consumed come from?

8. Leonidas admitted that he had one regret. Do you remember what it was?

9. Pleistarchos (Giovani Antonio Cimmino) was no different than the 300 who were chosen to defend Sparta in that he would
have given his life for such a cause. Why did his plea to join that army fall on deaf ears?

10. Leonidas did see something in Pleistarchos that he liked. Was it his persistence, his courage or his thrust?

11. When Pleistarchos left Thermopylae, it was of his own choosing. How could he have helped the men he betrayed?

12. Who or what was bearing down on the 300 when Leonidas shouted, "This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"?
Zack Snyder, 2007
All questions and quizzes written by Philip Cerreta unless otherwise noted