✧ Fun fact: Most of the shoes featured in Marie Antoinette (2006) were specially designed for the film by Manolo Blahnik.
The pair of Converse (which may be seen in the eighth image) was one of the several anachronisms placed deliberately within the film by Sofia Coppola to emphasise Marie Antoinette’s youth.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Queen Artemisia of Caria is most notably known for her role in the Peloponnesian War. She gains her fame from the Battle of Salamis, where she served as the only female naval commander. As the Greeks appear nearly defeated, King Xerxes of Persia is advised to launch a naval assault against them to destroy all the Greeks completely. Artemisia is the only one to disagree with this plan. The Queen of Caria tells the King that the Greeks are nearly starved and are planning to spread their army even thinner. If the Persians were to attack them then, they would surely arise victorious. King Xerxes admires her for her sensible plan, but continues on with the naval assault. During the battle, Artemisia is being pursued by an Athenian trireme. Desperate for an escape route, she purposely slams into an Persian ship. Seeing this, the pursuers assume she is a Greek ally and leave her be. Xerxes, however, sees this as Artemisia defeating an Athenian ship. The entire crew aboard the ally ship drowns, and Xerxes never learns otherwise. The Persians still lose the Battle of Salamis and will never recover from it throughout the war. King Xerxes requests Artemisia for her counsel afterwards and she advises him to return home. He does as she says, abandoning his campaign in the Greek mainland and leaving her with his bastard children. The rest of her life and death remain a mystery. One tale tells of an unrequited love so strong Artemisia throws herself over a cliff after being denied by the man she loved.
"You are not what was desired, but you are no less dear to me"