Ep. 037 – The Naval Battle of Artemisium – Part II

In Part II of our look at the naval Battle of Artemisium, we finally get into the heat of battle. The episode is bookended by some trickery and psychological warfare courtesy of the inimitable Themistocles. In the middle, though, we discuss the 3 separate days and 3 separate engagements that made up the battle as a whole. Tactics, planning, chaos: we've got it all today. We've got yet another storm that makes an appearance, and this time it takes 200 Persian ships with it, making them victims of the infamous Hollows of Euboea.

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A panorama looking over the Artemisium Channel, the view facing south toward the beaches where the Greek fleet was based.

Sources

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  2 comments for “Ep. 037 – The Naval Battle of Artemisium – Part II

  1. Joel McKinnon
    February 20, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Another wonderful episode. Described so well I hardly need to look at the map – though it is still very much appreciated. I also have an even greater appreciation for the wily Themistocles!

  2. Brandon Huebner
    March 2, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks so much Joel! I’ve grown to appreciate him more as a leader the more I’ve read about him. It’s a shame we don’t have more about him, and I’m sure that some elements of how he’s portrayed are due to the mythos that accretes around heroic figures, but he must have been quite the character if even just a portion of what is written about him was true!

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