As 15 Royal Marines and British sailors are taken hostage by Iran, this afternoon BBC2 showed the original production of The 300 Spartans, recalling the Battle of Thermopyle and the brave Spartans who died in battle there against the Persians.
The film produced this line from an ancient hill dweller (vaguely resembling Richard Gere in 20 years' time):
"Who can understand the gods? They create lovely girls, and turn them into wives."
"Once back here I got to thinking - 'how do I get out of this?' Perhaps the really haunting spectre is that I would have to turn my back on the lake, and the prospect of the sword." Alan Clark, Diaries - 19th May 1999