With Sparta's 300 finest warriors heading north to defend against the invasion by Persian God-King Xerxes and his formidable army, it's left to the remaining Greek city states to defend against his equally terrifying naval forces, which are commanded by a ruthless warrior. 300: Rise Of An Empire tells their story - the Battle of Artemisium.
The beginning of 300: Rise Of An Empire
jumps around in time - without expressly saying so - in a way that is confusing so it takes a while to get your bearings and understand the context if you don't know the history upon which this is (loosely) based.
In essence, 10 years before the events that take place in 300
, the Battle Of Marathon is fought between the Greeks and the Persians, who are led by King Darius (Igal Naor). Athenian Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), through swift action in a fortunate moment in which he is able to wound Darius mortally, becomes a hero of the war but his actions drive Darius's son, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), into a revenge-consumed fury that Themistocles knows is going to lead to future trouble. Read on...