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In Zack Snyder's 300, when the Persian messenger comes to Sparta to deliver his emperor's message, King 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, 2017 at 12:25
  • @sirjonsnow, I have to disagree with you there.
    – KyloRen
    May 12, 2017 at 12:25
  • It's a joke, see, because the hole has to have a bottom.
    – sirjonsnow
    May 12, 2017 at 12:29
  • @sirjonsnow, youtube.com/watch?v=UhaO9ftZlFo
    – KyloRen
    May 12, 2017 at 12:32
  • It's a bottomless pit. The bottomless pit supervisor makes sure of it. Jun 12, 2023 at 14:12

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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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Interpreting the question literally, I would say 4 meters deep. The following behind-the-scenes video shows how the scene was shot and how stuntmen fell into a well of depth approximately 4 meters. Fortunately, the bottom was padded.


In case the video is removed, here is a screenshot:

screenshot from around 20m09s, courtesy of Warner Bros

As suggested by the green background, CGI was used to make the well appear bottomless.

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    Hi Rodrigo, I've edited your post, I thought it would be important to give more details. Please feel free to modify. Might be important as well to clarify that the well needs to seem deeper after FX.
    – OldPadawan
    Jun 10, 2023 at 18:30
  • @OldPadawan Thank you. I improved the answer a bit more. Jun 10, 2023 at 18:44
  • Seems really good now :)
    – OldPadawan
    Jun 10, 2023 at 19:06

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