In real life, not surprisingly, there is no record of a sexual encounter ever taking place between Themistocles and Artemisia. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Top: Actors stand on the deck of an Athenian trireme ancient vessel constructed on a sound stage for the movie. She accompanied them to the town of Ephesus on the Ionian coast. Although I only made the realization days ago, I've been a long-time fan of Frank Miller adaptations, loving both Sin City 2005 and 300 2006 in the theater.
He campaigned in the streets and could relate to the common and underprivileged in a way that no one had before, always taking time to remember voters' names. It is believed that his mother was an immigrant. Other children kept Themistocles at a distance. The director recycles bits of footage from the first movie, which always feels like a cop-out. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops.
In doing so, Artemisia's pursuer gave up chase, believing that she was an ally of the Greeks. His father, Neocles, was an ambiguous Athenian citizen of modest means. Clarity has its downsides however. As the ruthless Artemisia Eva Green assembles a massive fleet of ships and sets sail for conquest, Greek general Themistokles Sullivan Stapleton strives to rally his countrymen to fight for freedom, and he manages to gain the upper hand over the invaders by confronting them at sea. A popular flim that's making lots of money at the boxoffice, I'd have to say that 300, Rise of an Empire seems to fall somewhat short of The Flintstones when it comes to historical accuracy. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.
He also had two older sons, Neocles and Diocles. It's certainly a good thing that popular entertainments spawn discussions like those, but I really wonder just how many of such sessions involve someone who might have a better-informed idea of the more likely realities connected to the historical events portrayed so poorly in those films. Like in the movie, she was an ally of Xerxes and served as a commander in the Persian navy. Right: A 16th century coin-like portrait of Artemisia from Guillaume Rouillé's book Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum. Did Themistocles win the Battle of Salamis by luring Xerxes into a trap? As the alliance took hold, Themistocles became the most powerful man in Athens.
Overall, 300: Rise of an Empire isn't bad by any means. These Hollywood obligations included acting as co-director for Sin City 2, due out in August 2014. The same goes for Lena Headey, one of my favorite actresses, who reprises a supporting role as Gorgo. Artemisia Eva Green readies her bow during the Battle of Salamis in the 300: Rise of an Empire movie. The Athenians, predominantly swordsmen, slaughtered the Persians on the beach and Themistocles, an excellent archer due to his hoplite training, delivered an arrow to the chest of the fleeing Persian king Darius, who fell mortally wounded into the arms of his son Xerxes, who was aboard the same ship.
Our community welcomes everyone from around the world to discuss world history, historical periods, and themes in history - military history, archaeology, arts and culture, and history in books and movies. Persian king Xerxes Rodrigo Santoro transforms into the fictional God King in 300: Rise of an Empire. Despite this, the scene will very likely become what 300: Rise of an Empire is remembered for. In real life, Athens and Sparta were indeed at the forefront of the alliance between the thirty Greek city-states. Was Themistocles really responsible for Greece's strong navy?.
It was then that Xerxes, the eldest son of Darius and Atossa, became King, ruling as Xerxes I. Did Artemisia have any children? Having too few ships left, Themistocles went to Sparta for help from its large fleet, but the city-state's new ruler, Queen Gorgo, was furious about the loss of her husband Leonidas at Thermopylae and refused to join the fight. After being on the losing side of the battle that she had advised the Persian King against, Xerxes once again sought her advice. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Are you not master of Athens, for which you did undertake your expedition? The Persians took Athens, tearing down a giant statue of Pericles and buring everything on the Acropolis to leave the Parthenon standing among ruins.
In addition to his sons, Themistocles had five daughters that are mentioned by Plutarch, at least one of whom he had later during a second marriage. I made some research about Artemisia and I found out that she was very different from the movie. In the aftermath of that skirmish, Themistokles is presumed dead and Athens falls. Before he convinces her that he will never abandon Athens, the two engage in a sexual tussle deep below deck that is the closed doors equivalent of any of the movie's turbulent and ferocious battle sequences. He doesn't stop there, even reusing original footage introduced in the sequel. One strong aspect of the story is how clearly it overlaps with that of its predecessor. According to the writings of Herodotus, Artemisia I of Caria was the only female commander in the Greco-Persian wars.