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John Trikeriotis interview with ABC Affiliate - Fusion Network and "300: Rise of an Empire"
(Text and images on ancient history's greatest
last stand are accessible via the link below)
The Battle of Thermopylae is an integral part of the curriculum of many high schools, colleges and universities around the world. In addition, the battle is taught in military academies as an example of how a small well-trained group of resolute warriors can defend their position against a numerically superior force. Therefore, when Warner Bros.' 300premiered in 2007, it raised awareness of the heroic story of King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans to unprecedented heights. However, the movie which was adapted from the eponymously named Frank Miller comic book series was criticized by scholars and many in the academic community due to its revisionism. Even more disconcerting was that its R-rated content became much more readily accessible to the under-17 audience due to the release on DVD and its continued airing on cable TV. This undoubtedly had an impact on impressionable young students who couldn't ascertain the differences between 300's factual and the fictional elements, of which there were many.
It may seem presumptive, however, based on the emergence of the trailers from Warner Bros., it appears that 300: Rise of an Empire which debuts on March 7th, 2014 will follow the same linear approach with its mixture of fact and fantasy, as its predecessor...>>>MORE
Lecturer of ancient Greek warfare: John Trikeriotis
On-site and remote location learning
(Bringing the museum to the classroom)
Since the few extant archaeological artifacts that have been recovered from the battlefield of Thermopylae are weapons (primarily arrowheads), any mention of what armor the Greek warriors wore during the iconic last stand may seem speculative. Therefore, in the course of our research we have either constructed or commissioned many of these individual components based on the images of the contemporaneous pottery/vases that have survived from the era. Several invaluable resources have been consulted that must be acknowledged, and which are cited at the end of our interview by the independent historians from "The Ultimate History Project". The article which can be accessed via the preceding link mentions only several of these titles, and it is for this reason that we have expanded the list so that it offers a more comprehensive selection for the faculty and students who wish to pursue this topic further.
We can not emphasize or quantify the importance of the visit to the classroom, especially when one of the benefits derived from our appearance is that students are able to examine, and if they wish, array themselves in the various components of the armor worn by the ancient Greek warrior. We have compiled a multimedia presentation which encourages a hands-on approach with students in the classroom, whether at the lower, middle or upper school level. It is this tangible characteristic which offers the pupils a different perspective on the warfare of the ancient Greeks which can not be extrapolated from the textbook alone...>>>MORE
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Please click the image to view more of 'The Hellenic Warriors' - Photo courtesy of Themistocles Chronis/DCGreeks.com
(Recreating the armor and warfare of the ancient Greeks)
Please access the following link to read more about the battlefield of Thermopylae
To view a video of the introduction of 'The Hellenic Warriors', recorded during their tribute to the defenders of the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, please clickhere. The video, courtesy of Rina Chios, was filmed during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade.