Iran outraged at Persian depiction in film '300'

Iran's UN Mission expressed outrage Thursday at the "deliberate distortions" of ancient Persia in the blockbuster movie "300" and suggested it was propaganda for Western efforts to "demonize the Iranian nation." In a statement, the mission denounced the "crude demonization of Persians as the embodiment of evil, moral corruption." The movie, which raked in US$70 million (€52.43 million) in its opening weekend, is based on a comic-book fantasy version of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., in which a force of 300 Spartans held off a massive Persian army at a mountain pass in Greece for three days.