♕ “Freedom isn’t free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs. The cost of blood.”
Gorgo, Queen of Sparta (/ˈɡɔrɡoʊ/; Greek: Γοργώ) was the daughter and the only known child of Cleomenes I, King of Sparta during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. She was the wife of King Leonidas I, Cleomenes’ half-brother, who fought and died in the Battle of Thermopylae. Gorgo is noted as one of the few female historical figures actually named by Herodotus, and was known for her political judgement and wisdom. She is notable for being the daughter of a King of Sparta, the wife of another king of Sparta, and the mother of a third king of Sparta. Her birth date is uncertain, but is most likely to have been between 518 and 508 BC, based on Herodotus dating. x
It begins as a whisper, a promise, the lightest of breezes dances above the death cries of 300 men. That breeze became a wind. A wind that my brothers have sacrificed. A wind of freedom. a wind of justice, a wind of vengeance.
As the good King lay dying, all his greatest generals and advisers were summoned to his bedside. None greater than his finest naval commander, Artemisia. Her ferocity bested only by her beauty. Her beauty matched only by her devotion to her King.