Analyzing historical objects is an essential part of understanding past societies. But what about analyzing objects that were inspired by a past society yet are not historically accurate? Modern media (i.e., films, television, videogames) frequently embellishes in the interest of storytelling but that does not mean such an object cannot be useful in understanding the past.
This series of photos is of a statue of the protagonist of a video game set in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War – the character is a Spartan soldier. There are aspects of this object that are accurate and aspects of this object that are not. Your task is to research what a Spartan soldier would have looked like during this era and then analyze the authenticity of this object.