Going to the movies
The movie, though, was great. I can see why all the usual suspects have their panties in a wad about it. One scene in particular stood out for me. The Quasimodo-like quasi-Spartan pleads with Leonidas for permission to fight with the 300. Leonidas gives him a hearing. If this were a Disney after-school special, that's all it would take. Give him a chance, he saves the team, everybody cheers and wonders why they ever were so mean to him.
But not in the world the Spartans inhabit. Leonidas praises his strength with a spear, but points out the guy cannot lift his shield high enough--and the Spartans fight *together*. In a phalanx. If you can't raise your shield, you endanger the man next to you. There are things Quasi can do to help, but no, that's not good enough for him and he goes and betrays all of Greece because someone has pointed out he really isn't like the other kids. It's brutal, but it's the truth (another Spartan specialty).
I also really liked Queen Gorgo's method of dealing with dishonest politicians. (Honest ones *stay* bought.) There is little chance of recidivism, especially with the medical technology of the day.