Archive for October, 2009

Some more info about Artemisia and a map of Halicarnassus

October 27, 2009

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!

A short background on Artemisia

October 22, 2009

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).

Some more good sites

October 22, 2009

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.

Map of Ancient Persia

October 14, 2009

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.

Introduction

October 5, 2009

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.