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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7.42 The army advanced from Lydia to Mysia, then north up the coast toward Troy. A storm killed many of them as they camped near Mt. Ida.

Posted on 12-17-17 | Permalink

7.41 Xerxes, while they marched, sat now in his chariot, now in a covered carriage. Thousands followed him, including the 10,000 Immortals.

Posted on 12-16-17 | Permalink

7.40 That done, Xerxes’ vast host, and the baggage train and pack animals, marched out of Sardis between the halved remains of Pythius’ boy.

Posted on 12-15-17 | Permalink

7.39 Xerxes was furious at Pythius' effrontery. He ordered his men to cut the oldest son in 2 & set the halves on either side of the road.

Posted on 12-14-17 | Permalink

7.38 Pythius the Lydian now came to Xerxes. He had 5 sons, all going to fight in Greece. He asked that X. allow the oldest to remain behind.

Posted on 12-13-17 | Permalink

7.37 In the following spring Xerxes left Sardis for Abydus. An eclipse occurred, which was troubling, but the Magi said it was a good omen.

Posted on 12-12-17 | Permalink

7.36 Other builders then constructed new bridges out of more than 300 ships apiece, across which they stretched cables and built roadways.

Posted on 12-11-17 | Permalink

7.35 Xerxes was furious & ordered the Hellespont be whipped and insulted. He also had the supervisors of the construction project beheaded.

Posted on 12-10-17 | Permalink

7.34 Xerxes' men built two bridges from Abydus across to this headland, a distance of 1350 yards, but a storm came up & destroyed them both.

Posted on 12-09-17 | Permalink

7.33 Meanwhile his men were building a bridge over the Hellespont. There's a headland there where the Athenians would later kill Artaÿctes.

Posted on 12-08-17 | Permalink

7.32 When he got to Sardis he sent messengers to the various Greek cities--all but Sparta and Athens--to demand earth and water.

Posted on 12-07-17 | Permalink

7.31 Xerxes entered Lydia w/his army & took a right where the road forks, headed to Sardis, Lydia's chief city. (Left is the way to Caria.)

Posted on 12-06-17 | Permalink

7.30 Having given Pythius money, Xerxes & his men left Celaenae & marched to Cydrara, which marks the boundary between Phrygia and Lydia.

Posted on 12-05-17 | Permalink

7.29 Xerxes was delighted with Pythius' generosity, but he declined his offer. Instead, he rewarded Pythius and made him his guest-friend.

Posted on 12-04-17 | Permalink

7.28 Xerxes asked Pythius how much $$$ he had and Pythius told him, to the penny. He offered X. everything except what he needed to live on.

Posted on 12-03-17 | Permalink

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