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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6.124 The Alc. were honored by the democracy, too, so wouldn't have wanted to hurt the state. Someone signaled the Persians, but not them.

Posted on 10-20-17 | Permalink

6.123 The Alcmaeonidae were in fact responsible for getting rid of Hippias: they bribed the oracle to get the Spartans to drive him out.

Posted on 10-19-17 | Permalink

6.122 Callias had helped free Athens from tyranny. He was also an Olympic victor, and he let his 3 daughters marry anyone they wanted.

Posted on 10-18-17 | Permalink

6.121 I don't think the Alcmaeonidae signaled that the Persians should attack Athens: they hated tyranny as much as Callias.

Posted on 10-17-17 | Permalink

6.120 After the full moon 2000 Spartans hurried to Athens, 2 late for battle but eager to see the Medes. They visited Marathon & went home.

Posted on 10-16-17 | Permalink

6.119 Back in Asia, Datis & Artaphrenes took the enslaved Eretrians to Darius. He did them no further harm and settled them in Cissia.

Posted on 10-15-17 | Permalink

6.118 A dream prompted Datis, on his way back to Asia, to drop a stolen image of Apollo off at Delos, asking that it be returned to Thebes.

Posted on 10-14-17 | Permalink

6.117 Some 6400 barbarians died in the battle, and 192 Athenians. One Athenian, Epizelus, went blind in the fight, though he wasn't struck.

Posted on 10-13-17 | Permalink

6.116 The Athenians rushed back to Athens and got there first. The Persians lay at anchor off Phalerum for a while, then returned to Asia.

Posted on 10-12-17 | Permalink

6.115 The Athenians took 7 enemy ships. The rest sailed around Sunium toward Athens. Allegedly, the Alcmaeonidae signaled for them to do so.

Posted on 10-11-17 | Permalink

6.114 Callimachus & the general Stesilaus died near the ships, also Cynegirus [Aeschylus' brother], whose hand was chopped off with an axe.

Posted on 10-10-17 | Permalink

6.113 The fight was long. The Persians broke the Athenian center but were routed by the Greeks on the wings, who chased them to their ships.

Posted on 10-09-17 | Permalink

6.112 The Athenians advanced against the Persians at a run. They were the first Greeks to charge at a run and the first to face the Medes.

Posted on 10-08-17 | Permalink

6.111 They formed for battle: Callimachus held the right wing & the Plataeans the left. They were weak in the center & strong on the wings.

Posted on 10-07-17 | Permalink

6.110 Callimachus was persuaded: the Athenians would fight. But they still waited to attack until it was Miltiades’ official turn 2 command.

Posted on 10-06-17 | Permalink

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