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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7.137 So S & B went home. Much later their sons were killed while serving as heralds--divine punishment, finally, for the Spartans' offense.

Posted on 03-22-18 | Permalink

7.136 The two arrived at Susa and offered themselves to Xerxes to be killed, but he refused to repay the Spartans' offense with his own.

Posted on 03-21-18 | Permalink

7.135 S & B met en route w/Hydarnes, who asked why they resisted Persia. If he knew what freedom was, they said, he'd bid them fight for it.

Posted on 03-20-18 | Permalink

7.134 The Spartans, punished for the offense w/bad omens, decided to atone by sending Sperthias & Bulis, volunteers, to Persia to be killed.

Posted on 03-19-18 | Permalink

7.133 Xerxes hadn't sent heralds to Sparta or Athens, however, as the last heralds sent had been thrown respectively into a well and pit.

Posted on 03-18-18 | Permalink

7.132 All the Boeotians had medized but the Thespians & Plataeans. The Greek allies swore an oath against them & the other medizing Greeks.

Posted on 03-17-18 | Permalink

7.131 Xerxes lingered in Pieria while his men cleared trees to facilitate the army's march. The heralds he'd sent to Greece had returned.

Posted on 03-16-18 | Permalink

7.130 When told the Peneus couldn't change course, Xerxes knew why Thessaly had capitulated: one could easily flood it by damming the river.

Posted on 03-15-18 | Permalink

7.129 People say that Thessaly was once a lake, hemmed in by mountains before Poseidon made the channel through which the Peneus now flows.

Posted on 03-14-18 | Permalink

7.128 Xerxes sailed off to see the mouth of the Peneus River. He asked his peeps if its course could be altered so it met the sea elsewhere.

Posted on 03-13-18 | Permalink

7.127 When Xerxes arrived at Therme his army encamped there. They occupied all the land from Therme to the Lydias and Haliacmon Rivers.

Posted on 03-12-18 | Permalink

7.126 There are lots of lions and wild oxen in these parts. The lions are found only west of the Nestus River and east of the Achelous.

Posted on 03-11-18 | Permalink

7.125 On the way, lions continually attacked Xerxes' camels at night. Strangely, the camels were the only creatures that the lions attacked.

Posted on 03-10-18 | Permalink

7.124 The fleet arrived at Therme and waited for the king. Xerxes, meanwhile, was marching west from Acanthus through Paeonia and Crestonia.

Posted on 03-09-18 | Permalink

7.123 They added ships and forces from Potidaea and Aphytis, for example, and from Mende, Scione, Sane, Lipaxus, and many others.

Posted on 03-08-18 | Permalink

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