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By Tony Moussis

GENRE: Adventure, Drama, Historical, War
When a seemingly authentic fleet of ancient Spartan ships makes its way into the modern port of Athens, folks are delighted to welcome this apparent Renaissance Fair like extravaganza. But, as things turn out, this robust group has a very specific agenda in mind, and as they continue their "Mediterranean port to port tour" and eventually sail up the Thames River and dock in London, it eventually becomes apparent that there is more to them than a renaissance fair. Indeed, they shatter all that the English value to its core.


SYNOPSIS This film begins in 500 BC at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, when thousands of Greek citizens are gaily celebrating the completion of the Parthenon. Then time quickly pushes forward to the year 1812, when Greece is still in the process of emergence from five centuries of cruel and barbaric rule, under the heavy hand of the Ottoman Empire. Taking advantage of this tragic predicament, the British Empire via an unholy alliance with the Ottoman Empire, proceeds not only to dismantle the Parthenon, but also to brazenly make off with Greece's iconic and priceless statues known as Elgin's marbles. To this day these precious artifacts have never been returned! We are now in the present, seemingly in the Lost City of Ancient Sparta. Deep within these caverns we encounter a quixotic group of individuals dressed in authentic Spartan attire. They are in the midst of a debate with an undetermined goal, involving a prospective expedition in a fleet of authentic Spartan ships known as triremes. But, in order to set sail on their mission, they must first win approval from their stodgy senate. We begin to get the idea that this might be an elaborate renaissance fair of sorts, with the folks involved taking their forthcoming expedition very seriously and playing it to the hilt. At last the trek is approved and they grandly take off onto the open ocean. The media which has now been alerted, takes great delight in this dramatic adventure, but there is also an underlying sense of mystery and wonder about it all. At their first port of call which is Athens, it becomes apparent that there is serious thematic sub-text to this grand adventure, which involves the procurement of petitions, starting in Greece, intended to put pressure on the British to return the plundered Elgin Marbles. More punch is added to this cause when it becomes known that the Greek Prime Minister Leonidas is actually the working leader of this group, along with his beautiful wife Sophia. Another member of this group is the dashing and mercurial Adoni, once a hot suitor of Katherine, soon to be crowned Queen of England. Leonidas meets with his old schoolmate, British Prime Minister Blain, and at first tries hard to convince him to return the artifacts. Blain smugly refuses. It's clear that the British have failed to acquire any understanding or humility about this matter throughout the 200 plus years since the brazen removal of the statues. Leonidas then proposes a Plan B, wherein his Spartan expedition continues on to London to add more economic powder to the already elaborate coronation plans. Part and parcel with this, he tenders an offer,that, by arriving with great pomp and circumstance and increasing the tourist trade and the like, the Greeks would share in what is sure to be a great magnet for the crowds now and in the future. Blain is dubious about the proposal but realizes, via Leonidas's not so veiled threat, that growing pressure can be brought on the British government to return the Elgin Marbles, as well as other treasure confiscated from other countries (during hundreds years of British domination) by continuing the popular petition-oriented trek of the Spartan fleet in virtual perpetuity, and eventually creating heavy pressure via world opinion. Blain goes along with the scheme but has to sell it to his parliament, which is not easy. Finally they acquiesce, and so the Spartan fleet cruises into London and a ceremony is created to welcome them, as well as to accept the Greek's gift to the British of a magnificent trireme in honor of the coronation. It is all very festive including impressive waves of proud Spartan phalanxes, until the Spartans surprise their hosts with wads of petitions and an unequivocal demand to return the Elgin marbles or else. This is when the fireworks really begin, especially because this entire gala takes place in the courtyard of the British Museum, which of course houses the precious statues. The media of course goes crazy with this turn of events, the UN calls emergency meetings which turn into shouting matches, and then the fighting really begins. Although out manned and certainly outgunned by the sword, shield and arrow-bearing Spartans, the British find themselves at a great disadvantage since their brand of warfare is not effective in such confined spaces, against warriors who have skills they've never dreamt of confronting. Eventually the Spartans not only take over the British Museum, but also the Tower of London. And, with captives ranging from Katherine, Blain and other key government officials, not to mention having also taken a generous helping of the Crown Jewels, as well as copies of the Magna Carta etc., the British are forced to allow the Spartans to leave via the Thames with their statues, knowing that they intend to head them off soon, via the massive power of the British Navy. The eventual sea battle will be like no other, and the Spartans will seem to lose, or will they? But even this will be eclipsed by a staggering revelation about Katherine's real connection with the Spartans, and also by the explosive disclosure of exactly who these robust warriors really are and where they can now rightfully go. But the nobility of their effort will never be doubted since to them these statues represent the essence of their pioneering culture which spawned giant gifts to mankind such as democracy, literature, music, theater, philosophy and medicine.


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