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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8.85 The Athenians were opposite the Phoenicians, and the Lacedaemonians faced the Ionians. Most of the Ionians remained loyal to Xerxes.

Posted on 09-25-18 | Permalink

8.84 The Greeks launched their ships & the Persians attacked. The battle began when an Athenian trireme rammed & got stuck in an enemy ship.

Posted on 09-24-18 | Permalink

8.83 So the Greeks prepared to fight. In the A.M. Themistocles urged them to always choose their better natures and to board their ships.

Posted on 09-23-18 | Permalink

8.82 Now a Tenian ship deserted to the Greeks, & its commander verified Aristides’ news. This & another desertion gave the Greeks 380 ships.

Posted on 09-22-18 | Permalink

8.81 Aristides accordingly told them how he'd come from Aegina and slipped thru the enemy's blockade. Still, most of them didn't believe it.

Posted on 09-21-18 | Permalink

8.80 Themistocles was pleased as the Greeks wd now be forced to fight at Salamis. He asked that Aristides be the one to give them the news.

Posted on 09-20-18 | Permalink

8.79 Aristides arrived during the meeting--the justest man in Athens, IMHO. He told Themistocles privately that the Greeks were surrounded.

Posted on 09-19-18 | Permalink

8.78 The Greek generals, meanwhile, were still debating at Salamis, unaware that the Persians had encircled them.

Posted on 09-18-18 | Permalink

8.77 I can't rebut the truth of oracles when I consider how clearly Apollo foretold Greece's day of freedom & the sea stained red w/blood.

Posted on 09-17-18 | Permalink

8.76 The Persians responded by posting men on the island of Psyttaleia and positioning their ships so as to prevent the Greeks from leaving.

Posted on 09-16-18 | Permalink

8.75 While the Greeks debated, Themistocles secretly sent a messenger to Xerxes to tell him the Greeks were planning on leaving Salamis.

Posted on 09-15-18 | Permalink

8.74 Many of the Greeks at Salamis were still for withdrawing to the Peloponnese. This disagreement resulted finally in another meeting.

Posted on 09-14-18 | Permalink

8.73 Seven peoples inhabit the Peloponnese, but most of their cities sent no help. To my mind, those who remained neutral sided w/Persia.

Posted on 09-13-18 | Permalink

8.72 Among the Peloponnesians who came to the Isthmus to fight were the Lacedaemonians & Corinthians, but there were others who didn't show.

Posted on 09-12-18 | Permalink

8.71 The Greeks, however, had thousands of men at the Isthmus building a wall under the supervision of Leonidas' brother Cleombrotus.

Posted on 09-11-18 | Permalink

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