When the boy was born...
... like all Spartans, he was inspected.
If he'd been small or puny
or sickly or misshapen...
... he would have been discarded.
From the time he could stand,
he was baptized in the fire of combat.
Taught never to retreat,
never to surrender.
Taught that death on the battlefield
... was the greatest glory
he could achieve in his life.
Have you ever met anyone who was “Baptized in the fires of combat”? King Leonidas is about the only person who has. This is the narration from the view point of Captain Dillios (David Wenham) 300 is a graphic novel by Frank Miller and screenplay by Zach Snyder.
At age 7, as is customary in Sparta...
... The boy was taken from his mother
and plunged into a world of violence.
Manufactured by 300 years
of Spartan warrior society...
... to create the finest soldiers
the world has ever known.
The agoge, as it's called,
forces the boy to fight.
Starves them, forces them to steal...
... and if necessary, to kill.
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