South Park goes ‘Classical’

If you watched this past weeks episode of South Park on Comedy Central, you might have noticed the similarities between that particular episode and the horrendous movie The 300.  But more importantly here, the viewers were treated to a brief exposure to general classical history.

The bar they were trying to defend was called Les Bos, an obvious reference to the Greek island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea.  The island plays a variety of roles in Greek history, especially during the two major Persian Wars.  People from the island were called, you guessed it, Lesbians, whether you were male or female.  It has nothing to do with your sexual preference.  However, perhaps the most famous person from the island of Lesbos was the poet Sappho, one of the few female authors we have in the ancient world.  She dates from around the 7th century BCE and her poetry has to do with love between women and girls.  To which in modern times we do get the term Lesbian to describe a gay female.  So the guys at South Park were clever in how they wrote this episode.

As for the rest of the show, the story of the battle of Thermopylae was told in perhaps in a more convincing manner than in 300 or at least no worse. 


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