Reviving The Past: Cinematic History And Popular Memory In The 300 Spartans (1962)
The paper investigates the artistic, economic, and sociopolitical context of The 300 Spartans (1962), from its conception as an Italian peplum to its realization as a Hollywood epic filmed in Greece. I argue that the classical past is recreated on screen in ways that violate the historical record and becomes a vehicle whereby gender hierarchies are reproduced and morality is preached to the viewers. I conclude by showing how the revival of ancient Sparta on film is informed by important events in post-Civil War Greek history and is deployed to propagate notions of national identity, memory, and pride.
Nikoloutsos, Konstantinos P. "Reviving The Past: Cinematic History And Popular Memory In The 300 Spartans (1962)." Classical World 106.2 (2013): 261-283.