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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7.18 Artabanus leapt up when the dream was about to burn out his eyes. He told Xerxes they should attack Greece: the expedition was back on.

Posted on 11-23-17 | Permalink

7.17 Artabanus slept in the king's bed and the dream came to him: it said he wouldn't escape punishment for trying to change what was fated.

Posted on 11-22-17 | Permalink

7.16 Artabanus wasn't keen on the idea but agreed to it. Still, he didn't think a god had sent the dream: X. simply had Greece on his mind.

Posted on 11-21-17 | Permalink

7.15 Terrified, Xerxes told Artabanus about the dream. He bid A. use his throne & bed: if a god had sent the dream it would come to him too.

Posted on 11-20-17 | Permalink

7.14 That night, the same man appeared to Xerxes in a 2nd dream and warned him: if he didn't attack Greece, he would quickly be brought low.

Posted on 11-19-17 | Permalink

7.13 Despite the dream, X. told his peeps the next day that he would not be attacking Greece: he'd been wrong to reject Artabanus' counsel.

Posted on 11-18-17 | Permalink

7.12 But X changed his mind before bed: the expedition was off. That nite he dreamt a man said he'd have cause to regret his change of plan.

Posted on 11-17-17 | Permalink

7.11 Xerxes, furious, called Artabanus a coward. He said either Persia must fall to Greece, or Greece to Persia. There was no middle ground.

Posted on 11-16-17 | Permalink

7.10 Xerxes' uncle Artabanus (who'd also opposed Darius' Scythian venture) rebuked Mardonius & pointed out the dangers of a Grk expedition.

Posted on 11-15-17 | Permalink

7.9 Mardonius spoke 1st. The way the Greeks fight is stupid, he said. They prob. won't dare to meet us in battle. If they do, they'll lose.

Posted on 11-14-17 | Permalink

7.8 Xerxes summoned his nobles & told them of his plans to subdue Greece &, while he was at it, the rest of Europe. He asked their opinions.

Posted on 11-13-17 | Permalink

7.7 Xerxes was persuaded. First, however, he put down the rebellion in Egypt, and he made his brother Achaemenes satrap there.

Posted on 11-12-17 | Permalink

7.6 Mardonius was motivated by his desire to be made satrap of Greece. Some Thessalian Aleuadae and the exiled Pisistratids also wanted war.

Posted on 11-11-17 | Permalink

7.5 Xerxes, now king, wasn't interested in invading Greece, but his cousin Mardonius argued that he needed to punish the Athenians.

Posted on 11-10-17 | Permalink

7.4 The year after he'd named Xerxes his successor, Darius died. He'd ruled for 36 yrs. It was not his lot to punish either Egypt or Athens.

Posted on 11-09-17 | Permalink

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