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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6.10 The tyrants duly sent messengers to their old cities, but none turned traitor. Each thought they were the only ones to get the offer.

Posted on 06-28-17 | Permalink

6.9 The barbarians (w/600 ships) told the exiled Ionian tyrants with them to offer rewards to their people to convince them to change sides.

Posted on 06-27-17 | Permalink

6.8 The Ionians all together had 353 ships at Lade. Those w/the most were the Milesians (80), Chians (100), Lesbians (70) & Samians (60).

Posted on 06-26-17 | Permalink

6.7 The Ionians decided the Milesians should defend their walls while the other Ionians manned every ship & collected at the island of Lade.

Posted on 06-25-17 | Permalink

6.6 Meanwhile, the Persians had gathered all their forces and were descending on Miletus.

Posted on 06-24-17 | Permalink

6.5 The Chians tried to reinstall Histiaeus in Miletus, but they didn't want him back. He got ships from Lesbos & went to Byzantium instead.

Posted on 06-23-17 | Permalink

6.4 Histiaeus sent letters to Persian collaborators in Sardis, but his messenger gave them to Artaphrenes, who killed the collaborators.

Posted on 06-22-17 | Permalink

6.3 The Ionians asked Histiaeus why he'd prompted Aristagoras to revolt. He lied, saying Darius planned to move the Ionians to Phoenicia.

Posted on 06-21-17 | Permalink

6.2 Frightened by A.'s suspicions, Histiaeus fled to Chios. The Chians tied him up until he convinced them he was really an enemy of Darius.

Posted on 06-20-17 | Permalink

6.1 En route to Miletus, Histiaeus met Artaphrenes. Suspecting H. was behind the revolt, A. said H. had stitched the shoe Aristagoras wore.

Posted on 06-19-17 | Permalink

5.126 But Aristagoras went to Myrcinus with a number of his people. He was killed by Thracians while laying siege to a town there.

Posted on 06-18-17 | Permalink

5.125 Hecataeus thought Aristagoras should fortify the island of Leros and use that as his base.

Posted on 06-17-17 | Permalink

5.124 Aristagoras, in light of the Persian wins, wanted to flee. He talked with his people about where they could go. Myrcinus in Thrace?

Posted on 06-16-17 | Permalink

5.123 Artaphrenes, the governor of Sardis, and Otanes marched against Ionia and Aeolia. They captured Cyme and Clazomenae.

Posted on 06-15-17 | Permalink

5.122 Another Persian general, Hymaees, went to the Hellespont after Daurises left and captured territory there. But he got sick and died.

Posted on 06-14-17 | Permalink

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