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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7.164 This Cadmus had once voluntarily surrendered his hereditary tyranny over Cos and moved to Sicily--one proof of his just character.

Posted on 04-18-18 | Permalink

7.163 Later, after Xerxes crossed to Europe, Gelon sent a man, Cadmus, to Delphi w/3 ships: if Xerxes won, C. was to give him earth & water.

Posted on 04-17-18 | Permalink

7.162 And so Gelon dismissed the envoys and bid them tell the Greeks that spring had been taken from the year (as they'd forgone his help).

Posted on 04-16-18 | Permalink

7.161 An Athenian answered that his people were next in line to command at sea: they wouldn't yield the position to anyone but the Spartans.

Posted on 04-15-18 | Permalink

7.160 Gelon suggested in turn that he and the Spartans share in the leadership, one to command the fleet, and the other the land army.

Posted on 04-14-18 | Permalink

7.159 One of the envoys, a Spartan, rejected Gelon's terms: the Spartans, he said, would not surrender leadership of the league to Gelon.

Posted on 04-13-18 | Permalink

7.158 Gelon rebuked them for not helping him in the past, then offered to send 200 ships & 28,000 men--but only if he could lead the Greeks.

Posted on 04-12-18 | Permalink

7.157 The Greek envoys asked this Gelon for help against Persia, arguing that, if Greece fell, Xerxes would surely advance against Sicily.

Posted on 04-11-18 | Permalink

7.156 Gelon then gave Gela to his brother to govern and concentrated on strengthening Syracuse (by, for example, increasing its population).

Posted on 04-10-18 | Permalink

7.155 After Hippocrates died, Gelon managed to wrest control of Gela from H.'s sons. He then won possession of Syracuse & became its tyrant.

Posted on 04-09-18 | Permalink

7.154 When Hippocrates was tyrant of Gela, Gelon was in command of his cavalry and proved himself brilliant.

Posted on 04-08-18 | Permalink

7.153 Other envoys visited Gelon in Sicily. His effeminate ancestor Telines won 4 his descendants the priesthood of the infernal goddesses.

Posted on 04-07-18 | Permalink

7.152 I don't know what's true. I'm obliged to record what I've heard (e.g. that Argos summoned Xerxes to Greece), but I needn't believe it.

Posted on 04-06-18 | Permalink

7.151 That may be: years later some Argives allegedly went to Susa to confirm their friendship w/Persia, which they'd 1st made with Xerxes.

Posted on 04-05-18 | Permalink

7.150 That's the Argives' story. But some say they had an agreement with Xerxes & used the leadership issue as a pretext to remain neutral. 

Posted on 04-04-18 | Permalink

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