Comparison Between Artemisia And Athens And Themistocles

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The author argues that Artemisia contributes to Herodotus’ account of Xerxes’ quest against the Greeks by giving her wise advice to Xerxes that was crucial to Persian victory in which it was not the incompetence of the Persian army that should be contributed to their defeat but Xerxes’ failure to follow Artemisia’s advice. Additionally, the qualities that separate Artemisia from the Barbarians does not alienate her from the Greeks but rather makes her analogous to them, particularly to the Athenians.
1. How is this paper organised? List each subsection of the paper, and summarise in one or two sentences the key point of each subsection.

The author, Rosaria Munson, organized the paper in order of Artemisia’s appearances in Herodotus’ Histories and was followed by providing specific examples of the parallels between Artemisia and Athens and Themistocles. She had done so through subsection.
The Woman-Man
Herodotus’ portrayal of Artemisia creates an ambiguity in her likeness to either Greek or Barbaric culture because of how Artemisia and Xerxes defined male and female. Artemisia’s “feminine” characteristics likens her to the Persians and her “masculinity” to the Greeks.

The Introduction of Artemisia Herodotus’ introduction of Artemisia in his book posits that her resemblance to the Athenians in terms of valor and her contribution to the navy are the reasons why Herodotus mentions her despite the exclusion of those in the same class as her.
Artemisia as Adviser

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