FRANK MILLER (Photo: Takashi Seida/Warner Bros.)
298. "300" dramatizes the Battle of Thermopylae, which took place in 480 B.C. A small resistance of 300 Spartans, led by King Leonidas, combined with a couple thousand Arcadian, Theban, Phocean and other Greek nation volunteers defied the encroaching Persian army, which numbered in the hundreds of thousands and were led by Xerxes I, at a narrow mountain pass in Thermopylae.
297. Thermopylae means "hot gateway," and was named so because of natural hot springs nearby. This is why, in the film and the graphic novel, characters refer to the battleground as "The Hot Gates."
GERARD BUTLER (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
296. King Leonidas (played by Gerard Butler, "Tomb Raider") was believed to have been a descendent of Hercules himself. That would be Hercules of "Twelve Labors" fame, not the Hercules of Kevin Sorbo fame.