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There are several excellent films that World History students can watch to gain insights into ancient Greece. These films provide a cinematic portrayal of the culture, history, and mythology of ancient Greece.

300 (2006): Directed by Zack Snyder, this film is a stylized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, where a small group of Greek soldiers, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, defended Greece against the Persian Empire.

Troy (2004): Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, this epic film is based on the Trojan War, a legendary conflict in Greek mythology. It features characters like Achilles and Hector.

Alexander (2004): Directed by Oliver Stone, this biographical drama explores the life of Alexander the Great, one of history's most renowned military leaders, who expanded his empire across much of the known world.

Agora (2009): Directed by Alejandro Amenábar, this historical drama centers on the life of Hypatia of Alexandria, a renowned philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer in ancient Greece.

The 300 Spartans (1962): This classic film portrays the Battle of Thermopylae and the heroism of King Leonidas and his Spartan warriors.

The Odyssey (1997 TV miniseries): Based on Homer's epic poem, this miniseries depicts the adventures of Odysseus as he tries to return home after the Trojan War.

300: Rise of an Empire (2014): This sequel to 300 explores the naval battles between the Greeks and the Persians, focusing on the Greek general Themistocles.

The Trojan Women (1971): Directed by Michael Cacoyannis, this film is based on the play by Euripides and offers a powerful portrayal of the women of Troy in the aftermath of the Trojan War.

These films provide a blend of historical accuracy, mythological elements, and entertainment value. They can be used to complement classroom learning and offer students a visual and dramatic representation of ancient Greek history and culture.
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