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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8.45 The Megarians had 20 ships, the Ambraciots 7, and the Leucadians 3.

Posted on 08-16-18 | Permalink

8.44 The Athenians had 180 ships. The Plataeans weren't serving with them as they had at Artemisium: they were busy evacuating their city.

Posted on 08-15-18 | Permalink

8.43 The Peloponnesians together contributed 89 ships. Of these, 16 were Spartan and 40 were Corinthian.

Posted on 08-14-18 | Permalink

8.42 Meanwhile, more ships joined the Greek fleet gathered at Salamis. Eurybiades was in command, but the Athenians provided the most ships.

Posted on 08-13-18 | Permalink

8.41 The Athenians were told to save their households as best they could. They sent their families off to Troezen, Aegina, and Salamis.

Posted on 08-12-18 | Permalink

8.40 After leaving Artemisium the Greek fleet stopped at Salamis, per the Athenians' request: they needed to evacuate Attica.

Posted on 08-11-18 | Permalink

8.39 The Delphians said these were their heroes Phylacus & Autonous. The 2 boulders are still there now, in the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia.

Posted on 08-10-18 | Permalink

8.38 The Persians fled, terrified by this & other signs. They were chased & killed by the Delphians &, reportedly, by 2 inhumanly large men.

Posted on 08-09-18 | Permalink

8.37 When the Persians marched on Delphi, lightning struck. 2 boulders broke off from the mountain & fell on the Persians, killing many men.

Posted on 08-08-18 | Permalink

8.36 The Delphians, instructed by Apollo to leave the holy stuff where it was (as he'd take care of it), fled Delphi, leaving 61 men behind.

Posted on 08-07-18 | Permalink

8.35 The other part of the army marched off toward Delphi to plunder the shrine. They marauded and pillaged the cities they passed en route.

Posted on 08-06-18 | Permalink

8.34 The Persian army then split up. The larger part, with Xerxes, invaded Boeotia on their way to Athens. The Boeotians all medized.

Posted on 08-05-18 | Permalink

8.33 They marched down the Cephisus, burning city after city. They caught some of the Phocians and gang raped the women, some of whom died.

Posted on 08-04-18 | Permalink

8.32 The Persians invaded Phocis & ravaged the country, burning cities & sanctuaries. But they didn’t catch the Phocians, who had retreated.

Posted on 08-03-18 | Permalink

8.31 The Thessalians were angry at this response and led the Persians to Phocis.

Posted on 08-02-18 | Permalink

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