After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history.
In a narrow pass in Northern Greece, seven thousand Greek soldiers
await an onslaught of epic proportions. They will soon face the
largest fighting force ever assembled--the war machine of the mighty
Persian Empire, estimated at over a million men. The Greeks are led
by three hundred of the most ferocious warriors of the ancient world--
the Spartans. Their leader is the fearless King Leonidas, who after
this battle would be catapulted into legend. When it is over, every
Spartan in the pass will have sacrificed his life for freedom.
Creating a fresh visual style and using new technologies we will
dramatically recreate the significant events that lead to Thermopylae
and the clash of arms.
11.00 p.m. |HINT| Roman Babies
In 1988 a team was excavating the site of the Roman settlement on
the outskirts of modern day Leiden in Holland when they come across
the graves of 90 infants. Archaeologist Liesbeth Smits initially
considers infanticide, but they had been buried with care, making
this theory unlikely. X-rays reveal that they did not undergo any
physical trauma. Then, using radio-isotoping, lead is found in the
babies' bones. Smits inspects the artifacts found on the excavation
site and stumbles across a lead eating pot. If they had eaten from
pots like these the dangerous metal would have passed into their
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