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According to Herodotus’s The Histories, a woman, Artemisia, served as one of Xerxes naval commanders during the Persian Wars including at the Battle of Salamis

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According to Herodotus’s The Histories, a woman, Artemisia, served as one of Xerxes naval commanders during the Persian Wars including at the Battle of Salamis. Herodotus reports that Artemisia “sailed in command of the men of Helicarnassus, Cos, Nisyra and Calydia and furnished five ships of war…not one of the confederate commanders gave Xerxes sounder advice than she did.”

Athenians were not well pleased; they had offered an especially high reward for her capture because they could not believe a woman would join a war against them.

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