Wearing dark capes and skimpy shorts as part of a restaurant marketing stunt, pictures of the foreigners went viral online, with some showing at least two of the performers pinned down to the ground by blue-shirted police. It was not clear whether any of them were arrested.
Chinese media reported the incident on Thursday with headlines including "Beijing police put valiant Spartan warriors under control".
Some images featured the warriors holding aloft cups of fruit and vegetables, rather than swords, with restaurant company Sweetie Salad saying in a statement it hired the "foreign models" to deliver food to customers to celebrate its first anniversary.
The number of onlookers "far exceeded our expectations" and the police handling on the spot was "timely", it said in an apologetic post on its verified account on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.
"We have deeply recognized that as a start-up company, we lack experience in organizing large-scale offline activities," it said, adding it will "strictly follow the police's instructions" in future business operations to "ensure social order" is not affected.
Haha! Funny how the company has to apologize to police.
Shankar Narayan Sarma
China plays safe in their int**al security. They have not taken lightly by the March Spartan warriors; they made elaborate security arrangement.
Lol.... They were scared their wives will not look at them after looking at muscular Europeans lol
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi need to be jailed and their procession taken out
Let all our Congtards who arw just wasting time in Parliament be sent to China to study de**racy and human ri**ts in China
From when did Times start publishing jokes as prime time news? Hilarious though