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 of Salamis in 480 BC as a commander in the Persian navy. During the disastrous Battle of Salamis (which she strongly recommended Xerxes to postpone), Artemisia fought so bravely that Xerxes is said to have exclaimed, “My men have become women, and my women, men!”.

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