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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7.38 Pythius the Lydian now came to Xerxes. He had 5 sons, all going to fight in Greece. He asked that X. allow the oldest to remain behind.

Posted on 12-13-17 | Permalink

7.37 In the following spring Xerxes left Sardis for Abydus. An eclipse occurred, which was troubling, but the Magi said it was a good omen.

Posted on 12-12-17 | Permalink

7.36 Other builders then constructed new bridges out of more than 300 ships apiece, across which they stretched cables and built roadways.

Posted on 12-11-17 | Permalink

7.35 Xerxes was furious & ordered the Hellespont be whipped and insulted. He also had the supervisors of the construction project beheaded.

Posted on 12-10-17 | Permalink

7.34 Xerxes' men built two bridges from Abydus across to this headland, a distance of 1350 yards, but a storm came up & destroyed them both.

Posted on 12-09-17 | Permalink

7.33 Meanwhile his men were building a bridge over the Hellespont. There's a headland there where the Athenians would later kill Arta├┐ctes.

Posted on 12-08-17 | Permalink

7.32 When he got to Sardis he sent messengers to the various Greek cities--all but Sparta and Athens--to demand earth and water.

Posted on 12-07-17 | Permalink

7.31 Xerxes entered Lydia w/his army & took a right where the road forks, headed to Sardis, Lydia's chief city. (Left is the way to Caria.)

Posted on 12-06-17 | Permalink

7.30 Having given Pythius money, Xerxes & his men left Celaenae & marched to Cydrara, which marks the boundary between Phrygia and Lydia.

Posted on 12-05-17 | Permalink

7.29 Xerxes was delighted with Pythius' generosity, but he declined his offer. Instead, he rewarded Pythius and made him his guest-friend.

Posted on 12-04-17 | Permalink

7.28 Xerxes asked Pythius how much $$$ he had and Pythius told him, to the penny. He offered X. everything except what he needed to live on.

Posted on 12-03-17 | Permalink

7.27 A Lydian named Pythius met Xerxes there. He entertained the army & offered funding. He was, after Xerxes, the richest man in the world.

Posted on 12-02-17 | Permalink

7.26 Meanwhile, the land army was marching to Sardis w/Xerxes, having gathered in Cappadocia. On the way they came to Celaenae in Phrygia.

Posted on 12-01-17 | Permalink

7.25 Xerxes had ropes prepared and corn stored. The provisions were stored around the Persian world, wherever was suitable.

Posted on 11-30-17 | Permalink

7.24 I think X. dug the canal out of arrogance: he could've drawn his ships across the isthmus instead. He also ordered the Strymon bridged.

Posted on 11-29-17 | Permalink

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