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In 300, when the Persian messenger comes to give his message, Leonidas decides to kill him and his companions by throwing them into a huge hole.

It seems to be pretty deep as one of the men is seen falling for a pretty long time even if it was in slow motion:

So, what is the story on the hole? How deep is it?

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    I'd think the hole would go all the way to the bottom ;) – sirjonsnow May 12 '17 at 12:25
  • @sirjonsnow, I have to disagree with you there. – KyloRen May 12 '17 at 12:25
  • It's a joke, see, because the hole has to have a bottom. – sirjonsnow May 12 '17 at 12:29
  • @sirjonsnow, youtube.com/watch?v=UhaO9ftZlFo – KyloRen May 12 '17 at 12:32
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As I'm sure you are aware, the movie 300 (2006) was not meant to be historically accurate, and was based on a graphic novel rather than an actual history tome. In reality:

Darius sent emissaries to all the Greek city-states in 491 BC asking for a gift of "earth and water" as tokens of their submission to him. Having had a demonstration of his power the previous year, the majority of Greek cities duly obliged. In Athens, however, the ambassadors were put on trial and then executed by throwing them in a pit; in Sparta, they were simply thrown down a well. [1]

Since the movie was based on Sparta and their defense of Thermopylae, the messengers were likely thrown in a well. Wells vary in depth, but I can't imagine it being more than 100 feet or so as there existed no complex machinery at that time to dig very deep.

[1] Taken from the Wiki page for the Battle of Thermopylae

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