About the Project

Having written my History of the Persian Wars at considerable length I have decided to produce an abbreviated version of it, a "Twitter Herodotus" for the modern age: one 140-character tweet per day, one tweet per section. The project, begun on October 29, 2010, will take almost five years to complete. I should be posting the final tweet in January of 2015.

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5.14 He sent orders to Megabazus to capture the Paeonians and bring them to Asia. Megabazus duly marched on Paeonia.

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5.13 Speaking to her brothers, Darius became convinced that the Paeonians as a whole were an industrious people.

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5.12 Darius decided to bring the Paeonians of Thrace to Asia after watching a Paeonian girl walk through Sardis one day while spinning flax.

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5.11 Darius rewarded Histiaeus and Cöes for their service in Scythia: Histiaeus wanted Myrcinus in Thrace, Cöes to be tyrant of Mytilene.

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5.10 The Thracians say no one can travel beyond the Ister because of the bees there, but I doubt this, as bees are sensitive to cold.

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5.9 No one knows who lives north of the Thracians. The only ppl I know who live beyond the Ister are the Sigynnae, who have shaggy horses.

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5.8 The burial of wealthy people involves the sacrifice of lots of victims and a feast, with a festival and contests.

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5.7 They worship Ares, Dionysus, and Artemis, but their kings chiefly worship Hermes.

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5.6 The Thracians let their daughters mate with anyone they want. They sell their children for export. Tattoos & war are good & farming bad.

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5.5 When 1 of the Thracians who live above the Crestonaeans dies, his favorite wife is slaughtered over his tomb. The other wives feel bad.

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5.4 I've already written re. the Getae [4.94]. The Trausi mourn at someone's birth & rejoice when he dies. [1/2 OF THE HISTORY NOW TWEETED!]

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5.3 The Thracians are the largest nation of all mankind, but they are not united. The various tribes have similar customs except for three.

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5.2 Next, per Darius' orders, Megabazus subdued all of Thrace.

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5.1 Back in the Hellespont area, Megabazus, Darius' general, 1st subdued the Perinthians.

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4.205 Pheretime died badly, contracting a disease that made her body swarm with worms. Thus the gods punished her undue vengeance on Barca.

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