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1. Artemisia I of Caria — naval commander
Queen Artemisia I of Caria was a fierce, courageous, and determined ancient Greek ruler who is most well-known for her role in the Greco-Persian war, the Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE. Here, Artemisia served as the naval commander where she sided with the Persians against the Greeks. In the modern-day, Queen Artemisia was portrayed by Eva Green in 300: Rise of an Empire.

Sources say it was during the Battle of Salamis that Artemisia found herself trapped by a fleet of ships and in all manners of the word, broke herself free. She rammed her ship against one of her Persian allies in an attempt to confuse her enemies, and it worked! The Greeks believed Artemisia to be one of theirs and let her pass.

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