I went to Greece and researched the story as much as I could - walked the battlefield and all of that - and just put it all down.
A great powerful, independent and intelligent woman who won many battles during the Achaemnid Dynasty Era.
E, Artemisia led her powerful ships and helped Xerxes defeat the Greeks in the beginning phases of naval battle of Salamis. Ancient Greek historian Herodotus Father of History writes, apparently quite embarassed: It seems to me a marvel that she - a woman - should have taken part in the campaign against Greece.
The Athenians resented women in arms, says Herodotus. Understand that back then Persia was the sole superpower of the globe and Greece consisted of tens of separated and scattered city-states, each played their own tunes and they were busy fighting each other all the time.
Some of these city-states were pro Persia, some were anti Persia, some were neutral and some were even parts of Persia as protectorates! Admiral Artemisia became a living legend and a role model for all the women in the Empire and the known civilized World. Grand Admiral Artemisia was sexy, strong, built, a typical athletic woman with beauty and culture.
She made an oath to get Xerxes, the Great King of Persia. She was nuts about him. There was something about Xerxes that drove her crazy! Xerxes was a great military mind himself.
Capturing his heart was a great task to do for Artemisia. Xerxes had seen it all, he had women throwing themselves at him from all parts of his empire from Chinese border in the East and Aristocrats from Ariana and Bakhtar Satrapies, all the way to Greek colonies of Persian Empire in the West and Europe to the Northern borders of Africa, Egypt in south!
She eventually impressed Xerxes by her brave Navy campaigns and bravery in battlefield. She gave naval support to Xerxes and Mardoniuses forces.
She fought in the battle like a man. She impressed the hell out of Xerxes. By doing this, she for sure captured his heart and definitely accomplished getting a high position in Persian government. Xerxes had never seen a woman quite like her!
Yes, no matter how much this great love affair between Xerxes and Artemisia dragged on, yet they never got married! Grand Admiral Artemisia wanted a very high position and command in Persian CourtHouse to establish her absolute power and authority in the Persian Achaemenid Court. Well, Persian Empire being the only Super Power in the known world back then, she wanted to be an important part of it!
Artemisia saw life as a large battlefield! The Greeks had been carrying out terrorist attacks on Persian holdings for years. They had attacked Persian cities, set fire to Persian temples, disrupted key trade routes, and pirated merchant ships crossing the Bosphorus. E, Athens carried out a terrorist attack on Sardis, a major Persian city.
The Athenians, set fire to the outlying parts of Sardis trapping most of its population in a ring of fireliterally killing hundred thousands of innocent civilians.
It is important to note that Persia did not want to conquer Greece, the empire was already over stretched spanning three continents and over twenty-five nations.
Many Ionian Greeks were already parts of Persia as protectorates and Persians respected Greek philosophers and had many of them in their employ. Also the Greek city-states were constantly busy fighting each other all the time and the Persian Kings saw that region as very unstable and left them alone.
Emperor Xerxes prepared his expedition with 10, of his elite warriors The Immortals along with a force at around 50, combatants. Many smaller Greek states, moreover, also took the side of the Persians.
After the Persian victory at the Battle of Thermopylae, Athens was abandoned and King Xerxes decided to burn some of the Government Headquarters and Palaces to the ground as revenge and warning for all the previous Greek terrorist attacks on Persian holdings and civilian population.
Xerxes later rebuilt some of the dammaged civilian areas of the city and sent a message to the Athenian citizens and told them that they could return to their homes, which they did. Soonafter Xerxes left Greece for good. That shows how humane the Persian empire was and how much they respected civilians, despite the fact that the Athenians wiped out the entire Persian city of Sardis and all its civilian population.
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Mount Kallidromon on the left, and the wide coastal plain formed by accretion of fluvial deposits over the centuries; the road to the right approximates the BC shoreline.