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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8.112 Themistocles also threatened other islands w/a siege if they didn't pay. Carystus & Paros paid, seeing Andros besieged for medizing.

Posted on 10-22-18 | Permalink

8.111 The Greeks, no longer pursuing the Persians, laid siege to Andros. Themistocles demanded the Andrians fork over $$$, but they refused.

Posted on 10-21-18 | Permalink

8.110 The Athenians thought Themistocles wise. Meanwhile, he sent a messenger to tell Xerxes he'd kept the Greeks from wrecking the bridges.

Posted on 10-20-18 | Permalink

8.109 Themistocles wanted to destroy the bridges, but in public he supported E's position: best not to prevent Xerxes from leaving Europe.

Posted on 10-19-18 | Permalink

8.108 The next day the Greeks sailed after the Persians. They debated going to the Hellespont to wreck the bridges. Eurybiades was opposed.

Posted on 10-18-18 | Permalink

8.107 After sending his kids off, Xerxes told Mardonius to pick his troops. That night, his ships left Phalerum, bound for the Hellespont.

Posted on 10-17-18 | Permalink

8.106 H ran into Panionius, tricked him into bringing his family to him, then forced him to castrate his 4 sons, & the sons to castrate dad.

Posted on 10-16-18 | Permalink

8.105 Hermotimus achieved the greatest vengeance I know of. As a boy, he'd been captured, castrated, and sold as a eunuch by one Panionius.

Posted on 10-15-18 | Permalink

8.104 He sent his favorite eunuch, Hermotimus, off w/them too. H. was from Pedasa. The priestess of Athena there occasionally grows a beard.

Posted on 10-14-18 | Permalink

8.103 Xerxes was delighted since that's what he wanted to do anyway. He sent her off & had her take some of his kids back  to Ephesus w/her.

Posted on 10-13-18 | Permalink

8.102 She suggested he withdraw and leave Mardonius to it. If M. succeeded, Xerxes would get the credit. If he failed, it wasn't a big deal.

Posted on 10-12-18 | Permalink

8.101 Xerxes asked his Persian peeps for advice, then threw them out and asked Artemisia what he should do.

Posted on 10-11-18 | Permalink

8.100 Mardonius, worried he’d pay a price for favoring war, suggested that Xerxes withdraw and leave it to him to take Greece.

Posted on 10-10-18 | Permalink

8.99 Xerxes had sent them good news earlier, after he'd sacked Athens. Now the Persians lamented over this defeat, & they blamed Mardonius.

Posted on 10-09-18 | Permalink

8.98 He sent news of the defeat to Persia. The message was conveyed by mounted couriers who weren’t deterred by snow, rain, heat, or night.

Posted on 10-08-18 | Permalink

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