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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4.68 When the Scythian king becomes sick, prophets accuse some citizen of perjury, and either he is killed or, if he's acquitted, they are.

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4.67 Scythian soothsayers prophesy using willow rods. But the hermaphroditic diviners among them prophesy with the bark of a lime tree.

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4.66 The greatest disgrace among them is not to have killed an enemy.

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4.65 They sometimes make drinking vessels out of enemy skulls, sawing off the part below the eyebrows & gilding the inside if they're rich.

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4.64 The Scythians drink the blood of the 1st man they kill & make napkins or coats from enemy scalps. They make quiver covers out of hands.

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4.63 They don't sacrifice or even keep pigs.

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4.62 Every year they sacrifice 1% of their captured enemies to Ares. They burn them in a bonfire after first cutting off their right arms.

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4.61 They cook meat in cauldrons (theirs are like Lesbian cauldrons) or cook it in the animal's stomach over a fire made from its bones.

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4.60 When performing a sacrifice they strangle the animal with a rope, then skin it and cook it.

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4.59 On to the Scythians' customs. They all worship Hestia, Zeus, Earth, Apollo, Aphrodite, Heracles, & Ares. Some sacrifice to Poseidon.

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4.58 So much for rivers. By the way, Scythian clover produces more bile than any other. You can see this if you cut open dead Scythian cows.

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4.57 The eighth river, finally, is the Tanaïs [Don], which forms the border between the Royal Scythians and the Sauromatae.

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4.56 The seventh is the Gerrhus, which forms the border between the Royal Scythians and the nomadic Scythians.

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4.55 The sixth is the Hypacyris, which flows through the territory of the nomadic Scythians.

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4.54 The fifth river is the Panticapes, which eventually joins the Borysthenes.

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