In the film “300,” Spartan king Leonidas knew his country was under an imminent threat of attack from the Persians, led by the tyrant Xerxes. The law of the land – as depicted in the film and based on historical accounts – was that before a king could commit his soldiers to war, he had to get the approval of the loathsome ephors.There's this totally cool movie I saw based on this totally cool comic book that was like based on true history and stuff and CONGRESS IS TOTALLY LIKE THOSE LEPROUS GUYS WHO WOULDN'T LET LEONIDAS KICK ASS. Proof? ABOUT.COM and the fuckin' CONSTITUTION, assholes! Documentary footage below, DOUCHEBAGS!
The ephors decided military matters in a way not all that dissimilar from how the U.S. Congress is the only body having the power to declare war under our Constitution. In the film, Leonidas paid the ephors a visit to explain the threat, outline his strategy to defeat it, and plead for their approval. The ephors denied him that approval, leaving Leonidas furiously apoplectic at their refusal to recognize a very real threat while using the excuse that war can never be waged during the time of the Greek festival known as the Carneia.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Argument From Authority
Ben Barrack studies history:
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