I guess I’ll finish this off with a short description of how I met the person who wanted information about Artemisia, Xerxes, and that historical period. For this project, I posted a topic on the forums on the Jim Butcher fansite. Specifically, I posted it on a forum which was supposed to be for potential writers, since I figured that writers do tend to need to do a lot of research. Meg_evonne was the first one to actually reply and she had a list of topics that she wanted research. I essentially chose the one that seemed the most interesting that would fulfill the requirements for the topic. We did send a few messages back and forth, but the original search criteria did not need to be changed or modified as a result.
I’ve been meaning to post this, but it slipped my mind. I found out that the king in the Old Testament book of Esther was actually Xerxes. Some Bibles have changed the name to reflect the discovery, although most still say King Ahaseurus, which was apparently what he was called by the Jews. His dismissal of Queen Vashti is supposed to have occurred just before he went to war against Greece.
I found this site by browsing through the Internet Public Library. This is actually a different Artemisia than the one allied with Xerxes, but it does have a nice map of the capital city of Caria. Enjoy!
I also found this site through the Librarian’s Internet Index, which gives a short background on Artemisia. One interesting thing to note is that Herodotus was also from Halicarnassus, the city in Caria that Artemisia ruled. There is also a link from there to some information about Halicarnassus itself. Did you know that one of Artemisia’s descendants, also called Artemisia, was responsible for building one of the seven wonders of the ancient world? Apparently, she built the Mausoleum as a monument to her husband, whom she succeeded as ruler of Caria(Halicarnassus was the capital city).
I came across this site by browsing through The Librarian’s Internet Index. I don’t advise reading all of it, unless you’re interested in the Battle of Thermopylae, but there is a little section at the bottom of the first page that gives some information about how different militaries of the era equipped themselves.
This page has some background on the Battle of Salamis, including the Greek strategy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mention Artemisia at all, but it should be somewhat useful as background information.
Here is a translation of a section from Herodotus that deals with Xerxes and reveals some of his character.
I was looking around on the Librarian’s Internet Index for a site about Artemisia’s homeland, Caria, that I had come across earlier, but haven’t found it again yet. I hope they didn’t take it down. I ran a search on Persia, and found a link to this site http://www.art-arena.com/achaem.html, which has a map of the Persian empire during the reign of Darius.
I am doing research on Artemisia, who was a queen of Caria and a naval commander who was allied with Persia during the time of Xerxes, for someone who is writing a historical fiction novel. I will also be delving into relevant cultural, social, and religious information. This blog will serve as a record of my search strategies and the information that I find. If either of these topics sound interesting, feel free to read or not, as you wish.