Last Stand of the 300 is a TV documentary/reenactment which premièred on The History Channel in 2007.
It was directed by David Padrusch known for directing projects such as Journey to 10,000 BC (2008) and Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War (2006) for the History Channel.
In 480 B.C, during the Greco-Persian Wars the Persian Empire led by Xerxes I of Persia fought the Greek city-states forces at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece.
This battle was to become known as the Battle of Thermopylae. The only thing stopping the Persians was an army led by King Leonidas I and his 300 Spartans, considered by many to be the greatest soldiers the world has ever known.
Vastly outnumbered, the Greek Spartans held up the Persians advance for three days, until they were overrun by Persian forces.
The film also focuses on the lead up to the Battle of Thermopylae revealing that the Greeks might have played a part in the Ionian Revolts in Asia Minor in 499 to 493 B.C.
It brings its viewers into understanding ancient warfare when the documentary focuses on the naval battle around Thermopylae, strategic and tactical considerations, and the aftermath of the battle which led to the burning of Athens and Greek victories in battles such as Plataea.
It also reveals to those unaware that the Spartans did not fight alone.
Production & Filming Details
- Director: David Padrush.
- Writers: David Padrush and Matt Koed.
- Distributor: History Channel.
- Released Date: 2007 (UK).
- Running time: 91 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.