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Artemisium

(är'təmĭsh`ēəm), cape, N Euboea (now Évvoia), Greece, named for a great temple of Artemis. Off the cape in 480 B.C. was fought a naval battle of the Persian Wars. The delay won by the defense of Thermopylae under LeonidasLeonidas
, d. 480 B.C., king of Sparta. He succeeded (c.491 B.C.) his half-brother, Cleomenes I. When the Persians invaded Greece under Xerxes (480 B.C.), Leonidas with 300 Spartans and 5,000 auxiliaries was given the pass at Thermopylae to hold. There was treachery.
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 helped make it possible for the Greeks to ward off the Persian fleet, although the fighting was indecisive and the Greeks were eventually forced to withdraw.
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Whereas the first film chronicled, ab by ab, the Spartans' heroic stand in the Battle of Thermopylae against Xerxes's Persian invasion, "Rise of an Empire'' is about the concurrent naval fight, the Battle of Artemisium.
Made clearly to capitalize on the popularity of "300," ''Rise of an Empire" is something like collected behind-the-scenes from the Persian invasion featured in "300." Whereas the first film chronicled, ab by ab, the Spartans' heroic stand in the Battle of Thermopylae against Xerxes's Persian invasion, "Rise of an Empire" is about the concurrent naval fight, the Battle of Artemisium.
But when push comes to shove, they rise to the occasion, and the movie's long, impressively sustained central naval engagement (modeled on the real-life Battle of Artemisium) is as exciting for its large-scale clashes of military might as for its minutiae of Greco-Persian battle strategy.