Dear Themistocles, Historical Figure,
You were a pretty savvy guy, and lived though a great age of Hellenic theater, so you’re probably familiar with how the facts of history can be bent and stretched by a dramatist. And there’s no better way to measure what values are held most sacred by a particular culture than to observe how those facts are bent and stretched. Back in 472 BCE when the Aeschylus dramatized the events of the Greco-Persian War in the The Persians, his concern was for divine retribution. Ideas of fate and morality were a popular theme back then (his play even won first prize at that year’s Dionysian festival). You didn’t get a mention in that one, but you’re a big part of a new piece of drama—it’s called 300: Rise of an Empire, and it’s, uh…a movie. Which is like a play, but projected onto a wall. Like a living painting. You see, we’ve figured out how to refract light onto a surface in order to capture the image of…
Nevermind. What I wanted to tell you – because I thought you might be curious – is how you’re being remembered here in the 21st Century.