Was there a Woman Admiral in the Navy of the Persian Kings who was a Greek?

ladybird By ladybird, 2nd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ydb5pz6/
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The movie "300, Rise of an Empire" is a block buster and show cases a woman admiral in the navy of the Persian king Xersis

A Woman of substance

I have just seen “300, The Rise of an Empire”. It’s the usual Hollywood epic, but is immensely watchable. The battle scenes in 3D give a great effect. However I am concerned about the authencity of these movies. The movie has a central character in a navy Admiral who leads the Navy of the Persian king. She is a woman and not only beautiful, but pitiless and lethal. Above all she is Greek and has joined the Persian Navy and won the confidence of the great King Darius.

The film tells us that as child she had watched her family being raped and killed and she herself was made into sex slave by the Greeks. This had made her thirst for revenge against the Greeks, though she herself had Greek blood in her veins.
She escaped to Persia and was given shelter by Darius and rose to command the Persian fleet. She personally commanded her contribution of five ships at the naval battle of Artemisia.

The movie is interesting, but I doubt its historical authenticity. I wonder if anybody could enlighten me whether Darius and Xersis the Persian kings really had a woman as a commander of their navy who was a Greek. There is not much evidence about her except from the writing of Herodotus who held her in high esteem. Maybe there was such a queen, but I doubt that she was an admiral.

Coming to the movie it’s quite nice and as a woman I liked the role of the admiral queen. She is played by Eva Green a French actress, but her English is good. She has played the role of Artemisia. There are wonderful exploits and if one forgets about authenticity, one can sit back and relish the movie and the role of Eva Green. She outshines all others in the cast

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Eva Hunt, Historical Movie, Persian King, Woman Admiral

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author avatar Jeramey
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Eva Green is half-English (hence her name is not Eve Vert) so, yeah, her English is pretty good!

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author avatar ladybird
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Jeramey

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author avatar Retired
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

That's an interesting story. I'll check some of my printed sources to see if there could be any truth in the subject you are asking about.

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author avatar ladybird
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you John

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author avatar ladybird
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you John

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author avatar Retired
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

OK - my information, based on the books in my collection - is that Artemisia was a real person, but that the facts about her life are hazy. As you say, we only know about her from Herodotus and it would appear that the movie - which was based on a novel - filled in some of the blanks using a considerable amount of imagination!

According to Herodotus she was a queen in Asia Minor who allied herself with the Persians and contributed five ships to the Persian fleet, which she commanded herself.

She advised Xerxes not to fight the Greeks at sea, but he ignored her advice. She showed her loyalty by bringing her ships to the battle anyway.

Being in a tight corner, she rammed and sank a Persian ship. Xerxes thought she had sunk a Greek ship, but the Greeks assumed that she had changed sides. Between them, they let Artemisia escape.

A legend then arose that she became a pirate, flying a Persian flag when attacking Greeks and a Greek flag if pursued by any Greeks.

Her death at the hands of Themosticles is pure fiction, given that she went on to have a grandson who succeeded her as queen.

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author avatar ladybird
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you John for all the information given.All said and done she must have been a fiery character like me

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