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

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7.79 The Mares and Colchians were commanded by Pharandates. The Alarodians and Saspires served under Masistius.

Posted on 01-23-18 | Permalink

7.78 The Moschi, Tibareni, Macrones, and Mossynoeci all had wooden helmets and little spears with long spearpoints.

Posted on 01-22-18 | Permalink

7.77 The Cabalees were equipped like the Cilicians. The Milyae fastened their clothes with brooches and wore leather caps.

Posted on 01-21-18 | Permalink

7.76 Another people [I forget who] carried wolf hunter’s spears & wore horned bronze helmets. They wrapped red cloth around their shins.

Posted on 01-20-18 | Permalink

7.75 The Thracians wore fox skins on their heads and doeskin boots. They were commanded by Bassaces, the son of Artabanus.

Posted on 01-19-18 | Permalink

7.74 The Lydians and Mysians were commanded by Artaphrenes, son of the Artaphrenes who, with Datis, led the Persians at Marathon.

Posted on 01-18-18 | Permalink

7.73 The Phrygians (who used to be called Briges) & Armenians were commanded by Artochmes, Darius’ son-in-law.

Posted on 01-17-18 | Permalink

7.72 The Paphlagonians, Ligyans, Matieni, Mariandyni & Syrians wore boots & had woven helmets, small shields & spears, javelins, & daggers.

Posted on 01-16-18 | Permalink

7.71 The Libyans wore leather and carried stakes of charred wood.

Posted on 01-15-18 | Permalink

7.70 The eastern Ethiopians wore horse skins (w/ears & mane) on their heads. They have straight hair. The western Ethiopians' hair is wooly.

Posted on 01-14-18 | Permalink

7.69 The Arabians wore girded mantles, the Ethiopians leopard skins. They smeared themselves w/vermilion & gypsum and carried studded clubs.

Posted on 01-13-18 | Permalink

7.68 The Utians and Mycians were commanded by Arsamenes, son of Darius, and the Paricanians by Siromitres, son of Oeobazus.

Posted on 01-12-18 | Permalink

7.67 The Caspians and Pactyes had cloaks and native bows, and the Sarangae wore brilliantly dyed clothes and knee-high boots. 

Posted on 01-11-18 | Permalink

7.66 The Arians served under Sisamnes, and the Parthians & Chorasmians w/Artabazus, Sogdians w/Azanes, and Gandarians & Dadicae w/Artyphius.

Posted on 01-10-18 | Permalink

7.65 The Indians wore cotton and carried iron-tipped reed arrows. They were under the command of Pharnazathres.

Posted on 01-09-18 | Permalink

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