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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5.7 They worship Ares, Dionysus, and Artemis, but their kings chiefly worship Hermes.

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5.6 The Thracians let their daughters mate with anyone they want. They sell their children for export. Tattoos & war are good & farming bad.

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5.5 When 1 of the Thracians who live above the Crestonaeans dies, his favorite wife is slaughtered over his tomb. The other wives feel bad.

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5.4 I've already written re. the Getae [4.94]. The Trausi mourn at someone's birth & rejoice when he dies. [1/2 OF THE HISTORY NOW TWEETED!]

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5.3 The Thracians are the largest nation of all mankind, but they are not united. The various tribes have similar customs except for three.

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5.2 Next, per Darius' orders, Megabazus subdued all of Thrace.

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5.1 Back in the Hellespont area, Megabazus, Darius' general, 1st subdued the Perinthians.

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4.205 Pheretime died badly, contracting a disease that made her body swarm with worms. Thus the gods punished her undue vengeance on Barca.

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4.204 The Persians gave the Barcaeans they'd enslaved to the king, who settled them in a village in Bactria. They called the place Barca.

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4.203 The Persians, after hemming and hawing about taking Cyrene too (they didn't), then returned to Egypt.

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4.202 The guilty were given to Pheretime, who impaled the men around the walls. As for the women, she cut off their breasts & hung them up.

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4.201 Finally the Persians took Barca by stratagem: they tricked the Barcaeans into making a treaty & opening the gates, then they attacked.

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4.200 So Aryandes sent an army to Libya at Pheretime's request, and they laid siege to Barca unsuccessfully for nine months.

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4.199 In Cyrene there are three growing seasons, so that the harvest lasts in all eight months. But enough about Libya. Back to the story.

Posted on 02-06-17 | Permalink

4.198 Libyan land is not very productive compared to Asia and Europe, except for an area called Cinyps, which is watered by springs.

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