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.

RETWEETING THE HISTORY AS OF 1/12/2015! You can follow the posts here or subscribe via RSS, Twitter or Facebook.

See also @iThucydides on Twitter, tweeting Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War as of 2/1/2015!

The Twitter Herodotus is now a book! Available in paperback or for Kindle.


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

7.122 The fleet sailed through the canal at Athos, then sailed directly toward Therme, adding forces from the places they passed en route.

Posted on 03-07-18 | Permalink

7.121 Xerxes sent his ships ahead to wait for him at Therme, then he and the army marched on from Acanthus.

Posted on 03-06-18 | Permalink

7.120 Someone remarked at the time that the people of Abdera, who had hosted Xerxes, should be thankful the king only ate once a day.

Posted on 03-05-18 | Permalink

7.119 Corn had to be prepared months in advance, cattle fattened, & gold & silver bowls prepared. And the army took everything when it left.

Posted on 03-04-18 | Permalink

7.118 The cities that hosted Xerxes' army on his march were devastated by the experience due to the enormous expense of feeding so many men.

Posted on 03-03-18 | Permalink

7.117 While Xerxes was there, the canal's chief architect died, Artachaees. He was about 8 feet tall and had the loudest voice in the world.

Posted on 03-02-18 | Permalink

"Tweeting Herodotus, or recasting The History for the digital age"

Press release

Herodotus Timemap (see for maps)

Macaulay's trans. with facing Greek

Browse tweets by book
Or click here to find a specific section.

1160 of 1534 sections posted: