300 Rise of an Empire Review and Inaccuracies

300 Rise of an Empire Review, story, cast, trailer and release date info. 300 Rise of an Empire historical inaccuracies vs. reality. Truth and Hollywood fiction at times of Greco Persian wars.

300 Rise of an Empire is sequel of 300 movie by Frank Miller.

300 Rise of an Empire movie review

Director: Noam Murro
Writers: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Frank Miller

300 Rise of an Empire Cast:
Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles of Athens
Eva Green as Artemisia of Halicarnassus
Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta
Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes of Persia
Callan Mulvey as Scyllias

300 Rise of an Empire release date: March 5, 2014

300 Rise of an Empire Trailer

Movie Story
King Leonidas is dead, Persian empire rising a new invasion. Themistocles, an Athenian warrior and politician must unite Greece in fight for freedom.

300 Rise of an Empire Review
This movie is a real joy to watch. The fights are full of violence and slow motion as seen in the previous 300 Spartans movie. You can enjoy ancient naval battles with ship ramming as a bonus what i really enjoyed. The naval battles evoke the old good movies like Cleopatra or Ben Hur.
The greatest problem is the history plot full of holes and inaccuracies and one side view of the events of the Greco Persian wars.

My favourite movie phrase: Queen Gorgo of Sparta to Themistocles: “You’ve come a long way to stroke your cock while real men train!”

Historical inaccuracies in the 300: Rise of an Empire movie

The entire concept of the evil Persians and good democratic Greeks is false. Both nations were ambitious rivals in the area and they fought for power in region.
The Athenian democracy was definitely not a paradise. Democracy in Athens was designed for a small group of elite. Athenian women were rightless and Athenian system was built on slavery.
Sparta was a pragmatic monarchy ruled by a strong military caste, we can call the regime fascism or junta today.

Persians are demonized in the movie. Their costumes and masks are very inaccurate and historically unreal.

Xerxes and Persians – real historical clothes:


Darius I. (father of Xerxes) was not killed by Themistocles in Battle of Marathon. He died a few years later because of his falling health from time of Egyptian rebellion.

Xerxes was definitely not a half god, demon like creature or a giant as pictured in the 300 movies.

Artemisia fiction:
Artemisia was not an abused girl as pictured in the movie. Father of Artemisia was a satrap (commander of a Persian province), Artemisia aquired his position after his death as queen of Halicarnassus (modern Turkey). Artemisia was the only admiral who advises Xerxes not to attack the Greeks by sea. Artemisia had no any relation with Themistocles, she was not killed by Themistocles. Artemisia survived battle of Salamis, she saved her ship and her crew. Place and time of her death is unknown.

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  1. I agree with the above review. The Greeks were not angels and Persians were not devils. I belive the Persian culture was even greater than the Greek one.

  2. The Rise of an empire is even better than the 300 Spartans. We have more battles (ground and naval), more interesting characters (Artemisia, Themistocles) and a better plot than one battle. Effects were perfect except the hman body has no 5 gallons of blood :).
    Paul, France

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