This 2007 film was partly inspired by Bettany's documentary 'The Spartans'

Bettany travelled to Sparta as an undergraduate at Oxford. She was fascinated by the Spartans; this extreme culture that took boy-children away from their mothers at seven, that pursued military excellence to its very limits, and yet that allowed women a freedom they enjoyed nowhere else in the Ancient World. Ever since that first, solo trip she has specialised in the study of Ancient Sparta. Using this knowledge she has written widely on the subjec...

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