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ISBN-13: 9781569714027
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 12/22/1999
Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 458,177
Product dimensions: 13.00(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Frank Miller is one of the seminal creative talents who sparked today's onslaught of motion pictures featuring comic book characters and concepts. He single-handedly re-defined the presentation of comic book characters and heroic fiction with his grand-daddy of graphic novels, The Dark Knight Returns. Then his graphic novels turned box-office hits, including 300 and Sin City, proved that success does not always come wrapped in spandex.

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300 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Say what you will about frank miller, but I will argue, that for books like these he still remains a well respected writer. This story is a classic tale of bravery, (see Headline) and sacrifice, for the greater good. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to get a better sense of Spartan life and the battle of Thermopylae, I highly recommend Steven Pressfield's book THE GATES OF FIRE....It's AWESOME! I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miller and Varney have created a masterpiece. It is not pure History, but it does capture the spirit of the ancient Spartans and the epic conflict that decided the fate of Western Civilization. Sparta is perhaps the most enigmatic civilization of all time and yet it had a profound effect on the course of History. In 300 Miller portrays the Spartans, not as brutal humorless warmongers, but as men focused on defending and preserving civilization. He has a very accurate handle on the Spartan laconic sense of humor and their sense of honor. This book reveals the origins of concepts of courage, duty and sacrifice which are still with us 2480 years later. They were real flesh and blood super heroes.
theboylatham on LibraryThing 23 days ago

Six out of ten.

The story of the Battle of Thermopolyae told in typical Frank Miller style.

smitkevi on LibraryThing 23 days ago
For fans of graphic novels or of classic Greece, this is a must. It is an exciting and beautifully illustrated tale of the 300 spartans and their allies who marched into the pass of Thermopylae against a force who would overwhelm and kill them. If you are a stickler for historical accuracy, hold your criticism long enough to consider the way stories were told in the time of Heroditus. The storyteller would have painted fantastic pictures of the heroes, villains, and events of the battle, not unlike those in this novel. With that in mind, I think this is an even more enjoyable yarn. Yeah, I said yarn.
badgenome on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A gripping, bloodspattered masterpiece. To dwell on historical "inaccuracies" is to miss the point of this very stylized presentation of the Battle of Thermopylae entirely.
stephmo on LibraryThing 23 days ago
If there's one thing Frank Miller is good at, it's atmosphere. His talent for creating living, breathing universes for each of his works shines through best in the story of the Battle of Thermopylae. First, to get the problem of Herodotus out of the way. The Battle of Thermopylae was recounted in The Histories and has been largely taken as the factual accounting of Sparta's valiant effort to hold off Xerxes and his forces. 300 does not assume to replace Herodotus, nor does it ever claim to be more than a story of what might have happened those days. Discuss amongst yourselves: What makes Herodotus' version anymore accurate than other accountings?Onto Frank Miller. This is the technicolor, hyper-testosteroned (my word), retelling of a story we've all come to know and love: the few against the many with impossible odds for nothing but the sheer glory and rightness of what they're doing. Miller tells this story in a brisk fashion, fleshing out Leonidas in ways that make him both more human and more of a larger than life myth than even Sparta could have hoped. This is a story of war and carnage with the backdrop of the Spartan way and nothing else. It's a graphic novel one simply sits back, takes it in and enjoys.
thierry on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Having heard that the movie adaptation was being released, I had to read the book. It recounts the story of the Battle of Thermopylae, where Spartan King Leonidas with his Spartan and Thespian soldiers checked an enormous invasion force led by Persian King Xerxes before being annihilated. This delaying action enabled the Greek states to re-group and defeat the Persians at the Battles of Salamis and Plataea. With beautiful and dramatic imagery, the story is quite entertaining and briskly paced. Although the book has no pretense of being a serious historical work (although a small bibliography of works of relevance is included), I do have some questions over the interpretation of a historical event. Chief among them would be the portrayal of the `enemies¿, including Xerxes as African, the ethnicities of the various Persian army units and the reinvention of the traitor, Ephialtes. In my mind, this raises serious questions about our perception and representation of the other (ie. not white), infirmity (ie. evil), masculinity and the warrior ethos - ugly undertones, if you ask me. 300 is a graphic novel, and it is for pure visual entertainment only.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing 23 days ago
As a person who appreciates historical accuracy in media of any form, 300 had a strong chance of rubbing me the wrong way. Fortunately, I was able to put all notions of verisimilitude aside, and just enjoy the fantastic artwork and outrageous exaggerations of adventure. I recommend watching the film "The 300 Spartans" and then read the book, since it is the film that inspired Miller to draw the comic. Then go see the new film 300. Despite the fact the half of the plot devices and events in the book never happened, the story is remarkable for its surrealism, sweeping vistas and silhouettes, and grand battle scenes. The overall message: Futile resistance is sometimes a very beautiful thing. In this world where scenes of altruistic sacrifice are rare, it helps to see such an example targeted towards the audience that probably needs to see it the most: American male youths. I also recommend reading Herodotus or at least the chapters dealing with this battle for some of the more interesting pieces of relative truth that did find there way into the graphic novel and thus the film. For instance, the Persian delegation being pushed into the Spartan well.
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Fun and exciting. A worthwhile story to be told, though the omission of the Thespians and other abuses of artistic license mark the fault of Miller's sensationalism. Like the four-color comics before him, Miller takes archetypes and symbols and drives them full throttle to the epic, gun-blazing climax. Unfortunately, character and emotion suffer. This is not quite the liability that it could have been, as the Epic tradition is often purposefully guilty of the same and 300 fits into this traditio...more Fun and exciting. A worthwhile story to be told, though the omission of the Thespians and other abuses of artistic license mark the fault of Miller's sensationalism. Like the four-color comics before him, Miller takes archetypes and symbols and drives them full throttle to the epic, gun-blazing climax. Unfortunately, character and emotion suffer. This is not quite the liability that it could have been, as the Epic tradition is often purposefully guilty of the same and 300 fits into this tradition (or the modern swords & sandals permutation).

However, when Miller is forced to give up some of his control, the improvement of realistic emotion shows how good his work can be. In The Dark Knight Returns, he had to keep much of the character's past and could not transform him entirely into an unfeeling, heroic killing machine. Likewise, in the film adaptation of 300, the actors and director helped to infuse the characters with more emotion and depth.

All in all, 300 isn't a long enough read for Miller's drawbacks to really hurt it, and he picked a fittingly manly story to showcase his histrionic machismo.
Clurb on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Leonidas leads 300 Spartan soldiers to war against the entirity of the Persian army. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of Miller's art work, but the story here is just as fast-paced and comic as the film. I'd rather watch the film, however.
providencia on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I really loved this story. I do think that I prefer the graphic novel to the movie. It may just be that the graphic novel is a format that reminds me of being a child and reading the dry mythologies/stories of ancient Greece. The books lacked the richness of storytelling that they deserved. This will give you a much greater appreciation of the histories. You will wonder again about those hidden stories no one tells.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Frank Miller's retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, 300 was originally published as a limited series and later collected as a graphic novel. I'm fairly sure without further research of my own that Miller was rather liberal in his retelling. The story is quickly paced, leading from the events that sparked the battle to the defeat of Leonidas by Xerxes which prompts the Spartans to take arms against Xerxes and the Persian Empire.300 is illustrated in Frank Miller's typical, graphically strong style. Lynn Varley's colors help set off Miller's artwork appropriately, and overall the artwork compliments the story well.This is a very quick read, and if your only experience with 300 is the film version, you may be disappointed in this original print version, but it is still worth reading if you are interested in the graphic novel.
Zare on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Interesting art and story now known to almost everybody - brave stand of 300 Spartans (plus hoplites from some allied states) against overwhelming odds of Persian army.Do not expect realistic drawings of Spartans and/or Persians because entire art feels like it comes from some dark fantasy universe. Very Interesting work.
perfectleft on LibraryThing 23 days ago
have to grade on a graphic novel scale. great story, great illustrations. less homoerotic than the movie :)
MorganOSU More than 1 year ago
Action-packed! It's about courage, sacrifice, and bravery. A great read!
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Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Frank Miller presents grit in an age and culture where he was certainly meant to be born into.
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