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Relationships. Marital status, Single. Enemies, Leonidas I, Themistocles While Artemisia is with Xerxes in Athens, Xerxes gloats that Themistocles was weak. The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the Themistocles was in command of the Greek Navy at Artemisium when he received. Themistocles is one of the main characters in Rise of an Empire. He is played by Relationships. Friends, Calisto During this battle, he beholds the king's son, Xerxes, but does not proceed to kill him. He is later seen in To this end, he even travels to Sparta to enlist the help of King Leonidas. Once he arrives.
He knew that the Persians could only sustain a land invasion if their navy was able to support it from the coastal waters. However, most Athenians, including the Athenian generals, did not agree with Themistocles. They did not believe that a Persian invasion was imminent, and they thought that the Athenian army was strong enough to make up for any shortcomings with regard to the navy.
To get his wish for a stronger navy, Themistocles used his political position to lie and mislead the Athenians into believing that the rival nearby island of Aegina posed a threat to merchant ships.
Accepting his argument, the Athenians decided to invest in the navy, leaving Athens with the most dominant naval force in all of Greece. Therefore, it can be argued that Greek civilization was saved by a lie. Actors stand on the deck of an Athenian trireme ancient vessel constructed on a sound stage for the movie.
A seaworthy reconstruction of a trireme, the Olympias, was launched in Did Themistocles really kill Xerxes's father, King Darius?
The true story behind King Darius died approximately four years later in BC of failing health. Did Xerxes really transform into a God King? As you probably guessed, the real Xerxes did not transform into a supernatural God King like in the movie pictured below.
In fact, Xerxes's motivation for his transformation did not even exist in real life, since Themistocles did not kill Xerxes's father at the Battle of Marathon. This highly fictionalized version of Xerxes comes from the mind of Frank Miller, the creator of the graphic novel and the still unpublished Xerxes comic series. Was Artemisia's family murdered by Greek hoplites, after which she was taken as a slave? Rise of an Empire movie, a young Artemisia Caitlin Carmichael watches as her family is murdered by a squad of Greek hoplites.
She then spends several years being held as a sex slave in the bowels of a Greek slave ship. She is left to die in the street and is helped by a Persian warrior. She soon finds herself training with the finest warriors in the Persian Empire, hoping to one day exact revenge on Greece. This backstory for Artemisia was invented by Frank Miller and the filmmakers to explain the motivations behind Artemisia's ruthless thirst for vengeance in the film.
Did Artemisia have a husband? Ancient Greek historian Herodotus never mentions the king by name in his writings titled The Histories. Little is known about Artemisia's husband except that he died when their son was still a boy. Following his death, Artemisia became the ruler of the affluent kingdom of Caria. Artemisia Eva Green clad in armor in Did Artemisia have any children? Artemisia I of Caria had a son named Pisindelis not shown in the moviewho was still a boy when his father died and his mother took over as ruler.
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Was Artemisia the only female commander in the Greco-Persian wars? Like in the movie, she was an ally of Xerxes and served as a commander in the Persian navy. Did the Greek city-states really band together against the invading Persian Army? In real life, Athens and Sparta were indeed at the forefront of the alliance between the thirty Greek city-states.
As the alliance took hold, Themistocles became the most powerful man in Athens. How were the Persians able to take Athens? Themistocles had convinced Athens to put every able-bodied man, including the Athenian warriors, on warships to stop the Persians in the Straits of Artemisium, leaving the city of Athens unprotected.
Plutarch writes of the evacuation of Athens in his work Themistocles. The iconic Parthenon that we are familiar with was actually built several decades later to replace the Old Parthenon.
Did Themistocles win the Battle of Salamis by luring Xerxes into a trap? Themistocles had sent a messenger to Xerxes, telling the Persian King that the Greeks intended to flee by ships that were harbored in the isthmus of Corinth. Unlike in the movie, that messenger was not Ephialtes of Trachis, the disfigured hunchback who had betrayed the Spartans at Thermopylae. The real Ephialtes, who was not a disfigured hunchback, escaped to Thessaly and the Greeks offered a reward for his death.
Thinking that the Greek forces were scattered, weak, and intending to flee, Xerxes believed the messenger and sent in his navy for an easy victory. To his surprise, his ships encountered the full force of the Greek navy ready to engage in battle. Did Themistocles and Artemisia share a moment of violent, unbridled passion?
In what has become the most talked about scene in the movie, Artemisia invites Themistocles on board her warship in an attempt to lure him into abandoning Greece and joining her side. Before he convinces her that he will never abandon Athens, the two engage in a sexual tussle deep below deck that is the closed doors equivalent of any of the movie's turbulent and ferocious battle sequences.
In real life, not surprisingly, there is no record of a sexual encounter ever taking place between Themistocles and Artemisia.
Despite this, the scene will very likely become what Rise of an Empire is remembered for. In the movie, Themistocles tells Artemisia that his only family is the Greek fleet, which he has spent his entire life readying to battle her. According to the writings of Plutarch, the real Themistocles did have a wife, Archippe, with whom he had three sons: Archeptolis, Polyeuctus, and Cleophantes.
He also had two older sons, Neocles and Diocles. In addition to his sons, Themistocles had five daughters that are mentioned by Plutarch, at least one of whom he had later during a second marriage.
Did Xerxes watch the Battle of Salamis as he sat in his throne perched atop a cliff? Xerxes watched the battle unfold high atop a nearby cliff on Mount Egaleo. Not shown in the movie, he witnessed Artemisia ramming another ship that had unknowingly crossed her path as she tried to get away from a pursuing Athenian trireme. Xerxes assumed it was an Athenian vessel that she had smashed through and was so impressed with Artemisia's ferocity in battle that he is reported to have said, "My men fight like women, and my women like men!
In doing so, Artemisia's pursuer gave up chase, believing that she was an ally of the Greeks. Fortunately for Artemisia, the ally ship sunk and its entire crew drowned, leaving no one behind to tell Xerxes the truth.
A look from the real Mount Egaleo that overlooks the Straits of Salamis where the battle took place right. Did Artemisia agree with Xerxes with regard to the Battle of Salamis? However, unlike in the film where Artemisia Eva Green demands that Xerxes order the Persian fleet to Salamis to finish off the Greeks, the real Artemisia had actually advised the Persian King Xerxes against the battle, arguing that it is not wise to engage the Greeks at sea.
By this point, Xerxes had already burned the great city of Athens to the ground. Artemisia saw things differently. What so great need is there for you to incur hazard at sea? Are you not master of Athens, for which you did undertake your expedition? Is not Hellas subject to you? Not a soul now resists your advance…" -The Histories In the end, though Xerxes respected her advice, he still decided to launch a full-scale naval assault in September, BC.
Unfortunately for the Persians, it was the wrong decision and the Battle of Salamis proved to be the turning point in the war.
Like in the Rise of an Empire movie, the Persians were outmaneuvered and outfought by a Greek navy that was better prepared to wage war in the narrow straits between the mainland and the island of Salamis known as the Straits of Salamis. Artemisia Eva Green readies her bow during the Battle of Salamis in the Rise of an Empire movie.
Artemisia is one of the main characters in Rise of an Empire. Edit At eight years old, her family was slaughtered by Greek hoplites. Artemisia was taken captive and suffered terrible physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the Greeks. Left for dead on the streets, a Persian official found her and felt sad for her. She was subsequently raised and trained by the Persians, and the young girl proved to be a capable warrior.
She grew in favor of the Persian King, Dariuswhen she effortlessly murdered his enemies. Upon hearing of Darius injury at MarathonArtemisia arrives in time to hear his final words to his son Xerxes.
He advises him to end the campaign in Greece, declaring that only the gods can defeat the Greeks.
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Hearing these words, she pulls the arrow from Darius' chest, seemingly to end his suffering, but actually to end his speech. Artemisia still lusts for vengeance against the Greeks, and subsequently twists these words. She advises Xerxes that he must become a God-King in order to invade Greece. Once Xerxes has completed his transformation, Artemisia secretly murders all of Xerxes' closest allies so he will trust only her.
She watches gleefully as Xerxes appears before his people and announces to them that he shall make war on Greece. Artemisia is seen in command of the Persian fleet. When a Persian commander fails to impress her, she has him killed and thrown overboard. During the battle with the Greeks, she appoints Artafernes as her second in command. After General Bandaris failure, she has him thrown into the sea tied with metal bracelets, and replaces him with General Kashani. Artemisia realizes that she has found a worthy opponent in Themistocles and sends her troops to request Themistocles' presence.
He accepts and the two meet on neutral waters. Artemisia compliments him on his strategies and recent victories, and offers him a place at her side as her lieutenant.
Themistocles seems intrigued, and the two have violent sex with one another in the process, but he still rejects her offer nonetheless.
Artemisia angrily sends him away, promising him retribution. At the Battle of Artemisiumshe is seen firing arrows with deadly accuracy at the Greeks, and ends up killing Scyllias.
She soon sets the Greek ships ablaze when she orders her men to pour oil into the sea. When she looses a fire arrow at Themistocles' ship, she presumes him dead in the resulting explosion. Artemisia bitterly disagrees, stating that had Themistocles joined her, she could have laid the whole world at Xerxes' feet.
Ephialtes arrives and informs Xerxes of the Greek fleet gathering at Salamis. Artemisia inquires as to who is leading them, and learns that it is none other than Themistocles. She immediately prepares for battle. Xerxes however cautions her, fearing it may well be a trap.
Artemisia indignantly replies that she is more experienced in naval warfare, while Xerxes angrily retorts that it was he who achieved victory at Thermopylae and destroyed Athens. Artemisia dismisses these victories, stating that killing the Spartans made them martyrs, while razing Athens simply destroyed the only thing of value in Greece.