300 (more or less) things you should know about '300'

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Remember drooling on your desk in 9th grade world history class as your teacher droned on about how someday you'd care about Sparta, King Leonidas, Xerxes and the Battle of Thermopylae? Well, surprise—that day has actually come.

Famed comic book artist and writer Frank Miller translated his personal obsession with that historical period to the graphic novel "300." Then director and screenwriter Zack Snyder ("Dawn of the Dead") caught the bug and teamed up with Miller to produce the movie version, which comes out Friday, March 9.

But before you delve into this filmic visual feast, we thought it best to continue your schoolin'. Learn 300 (or so) things about "300" in under an hour. There will be a test and you will be graded on neatness—so get clicking. NEXT

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