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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4.38 There are two peninsulas in this area. The first is Asia Minor, which thirty nations inhabit.

Posted on 08-29-16 | Permalink

4.37 The Persians' land extends to the Persian Gulf. Between them and the Black Sea are the Medes, the Saspires, and the Colchians.

Posted on 08-28-16 | Permalink

4.36 So much for the Hyperboreans: I won't mention Abaris, who went around the world without eating. BTW world maps are inaccurate. In fact:

Posted on 08-27-16 | Permalink

4.35 Two other Hyperborean girls, Arge and Opis, had come to Delos earlier, and the Delians had granted them various honors.

Posted on 08-26-16 | Permalink

4.34 Delian girls and boys cut their hair to honor two Hyperborean girls who died at Delos. The hair is left on the girls' tomb.

Posted on 08-25-16 | Permalink

4.33 The Delians say the Hyperboreans send offerings to Delos. The gifts are passed along from nation to nation until they get to Delos.

Posted on 08-24-16 | Permalink

4.32 Nobody around Scythia has anything to say re. the Hyperboreans, but Hesiod and Homer  mention them (maybe: if Homer wrote the Epigoni).

Posted on 08-23-16 | Permalink

4.31 Those feathers I mentioned that fill the air north of Scythia? I think the Scythians are talking about snow.

Posted on 08-22-16 | Permalink

4.30 In Elis, meanwhile, mules can’t be bred, even though it’s not cold there. The Eleans say it’s because of a curse.

Posted on 08-21-16 | Permalink

4.29 I think the cold is why the oxen in Scythia don’t grow horns. On the other hand, in Libya, as Homer says, lambs grow horns from birth.

Posted on 08-20-16 | Permalink

4.28 Winter in Scythia lasts for 8 months and it is very severe. The sea freezes over. The rest of the year is also cold, & it rains a lot.

Posted on 08-19-16 | Permalink

4.27 The Issedones say that beyond them live one-eyed men and griffins.

Posted on 08-18-16 | Permalink

4.26 The Issedones eat their dead fathers and clean out and gild the heads afterwards. Their men and women have equal power.

Posted on 08-17-16 | Permalink

4.25 No one knows who lives north of the baldies (who say the land is inhabited by goat-footed men). The Issedones live east of the baldies.

Posted on 08-16-16 | Permalink

4.24 So we know about the bald guys & the other people I've mentioned through both the Scythians & the Greeks who live around the Black Sea.

Posted on 08-15-16 | Permalink

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