Even if you're a detractor of Zack Snyder's 300 (and I understand why the film has them), you have to agree that its style was what made it special. It was lovely to look at, it was simultaneously a Frank Miller panel and an ancient Greek sculpture, and duplicating it really misses the point. Of course, Hollywood believes that if it's worth doing once to the tune of millions of dollars, it's worth doing until it becomes a cliche. Seeing as they're now looking to the Bible for their CG inspiration, I thought I'd offer up five ancient epics just waiting to be dusted off and 300-ized.

Admittedly, I'm being a bit glib in my definition of "ancient," but I couldn't resist stretching the parameters into the early medieval. I also restricted myself purely to poetry instead of actual history, but I'm hoping readers will also offer up a few battle plans that should be 300-ized. Feel free to extend your historical range to WW2 if you want. It's not as though Hollywood has a very solid grasp of history whether ancient or modern. After all, for the studios, it just needs to amped with badassery. But hey, if it drives some people to a Borders display looking for the real thing, I can't complain too much. It's not as though kids these days get much in the way of classics, and I don't think the ancients would mind their stories retold with a lot of emphasis on the sex and violence. I'm fairly certain that was always the appeal.
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