Artemisia of Caria- Who was she?

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Carien Hoogwater writes, Artemisia of Caria is a book from the series The thinking girls treasury of real princesses by Shirin Yim Bridges.

Artemisia of Caria is a book from the series The thinking girls treasury of real princesses by Shirin Yim Bridges. The book is about a Greek princess named Artemisia whose childhood was very unique. I think that this book is for girls ages 9-13. Artemisia is known best for fighting in a war on the island of Salamis.Artemisia lived in Caria, Greece which is now the south-west corner of Turkey. She lived in 500 BC. Instead of learning to do princessy things, she learned to fight and to sail triremes, which are Greek warships.Artemisia ate olives, bread and fish, and she drank wine. Wine was not only a popular drink, but an important part of Greek culture, necessary to many religious rituals. Olives were a similarly important part of the Greek diet. According to the legend, the original olive tree grew where the goddess Athena stuck her spear in a rock. That rock was the Acropolis, and around this tree grew the city of Athens.Artemisia wore a chiton, which is a long tunic. She also wore a belt, that was called a double girdle. When women needed their legs free to be able to run or jump, they simply shortened their chitons by pulling the fabric through the middle of their double girdle, letting the extra cloth hang over in a fold.In that time, women were expected to obey their husbands, play no part in public life, and to stay inside the house, or a place that was called ‘women’s quarters’ where all they did was wash clothing and cook food. So it is very surprising that Artemisia, Queen of Caria, grew up to be not only a sailor and a ship’s captain, but even a famous admiral.I liked this book. It was a bit boring, but I liked learning about Artemisia. The parts about what she wore and what she ate where the most interesting parts to me. I think that a lot of girls will like this book.