For some reason, reading old, politically indignant reviews of Zach Snyder’s 300 (example). It’s funny how in 2007 that movie could seem so obviously ideologically suspect—if not downright raci(ali)st—because clearly the Greeks were meant to stand for free, responsible (i.e, tax-paying!) Occidentals against the Thermopylae-rushing, bailout-seeking hordes of the East!
Persians are still boogeymen, of course. But I dare say we identify with them far more than their old blood enemies. Really, does anyone fear the Peloponnesian Bomb?