This amazing woman fought at the naval Battle of Artemisium and also the naval Battle of Salamis as a commander in the Persian navy. She was he only female commander. She was known for her decisiveness and intelligence, so much so that after the Battle of Salamis, Xerxes acknowledged her by sending her a complete suit of Greek armor for excelling above all the officers in the fleet.
Herodotus had a favorable opinion of Artemisia, despite her support of Persia and praises her decisiveness and intelligence and emphasises her influence on Xerxes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_I_of_Caria
vesperlynds: “ Artemisia I of Caria was a Queen of Halicarnassus. She fought alongside Xerxes I of Persia in the Greco-Persian wars and was the only female naval commander. She fought at both the naval Battle of Artemisium as well as the naval Battle...
Artemisia of Caria (also known as Artemisia I) was the queen of the Anatolian region of Caria (north of ancient Lydia, in modern-day Turkey). She is most famous for her role in the naval Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE in which she fought for the Persians and distinguished herself both for her conduct in battle and for the advice she gave the Persian king Xerxes prior to the onset of the engagement.
artemisia i of caria [fifth century bc]: after the death of her husband, artemisia assumed the throne and was queen of halicarnassus and its neighboring islands, all part of the persian empire ruled by xerxes. when xerxes went to war against greece, artemisia brought five ships and helped him fight the greeks in the battle of salamis. she was such a fearsome force to be reckoned with, the greeks offered a reward of ten thousand drachmas for her capture—yet not one succeeded.
How Queen Artemisia I of Caria would have looked in terms of how she dressed and wore her hair. This artifact was unearthed from an ancient Spartan colony that existed in the same time period. She is portrayed by Eva Green in 300: Rise of an Empire.