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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8.20 The Euboeans had ignored an oracle warning them to evacuate their flocks when a foreigner yoked the sea. Now they were in trouble.

Posted on 07-22-18 | Permalink

8.19 Themistocles had a plan to get some of X’s allies to desert. 1st he bid the Greeks kill/cook lots of sheep lest the Persians get them.

Posted on 07-21-18 | Permalink

8.18 In the end, the Greeks had possession of the dead and the wrecks, but many of their ships were disabled. They resolved to retreat. 

Posted on 07-20-18 | Permalink

8.17 On Xerxes’ side, the Egyptians fought best. The Athenians were the best of the Greeks, and of them Clinias, who served on his own ship.

Posted on 07-19-18 | Permalink

8.16 In the battle that ensued the Persian ships fell foul of one another due to their number. The Persians lost more ships than the Greeks.

Posted on 07-18-18 | Permalink

8.15 On the 3rd day at Artemisium--the 3 days of fighting at sea coincided w/the battles at Thermopylae--the Persians sailed out first.

Posted on 07-17-18 | Permalink

8.14 The next day 53 Attic ships brought this news to the Greeks. They put to sea against a squadron of the Persian fleet & destroyed them.

Posted on 07-16-18 | Permalink

8.13 Meanwhile the ships tasked w/sailing around Euboea were driven against rocks by the storm. The god did this to level the playing field.

Posted on 07-15-18 | Permalink

8.12 That night there was a violent rainstorm. The corpses & wreckage from the battle drifted toward Aphetae and fouled the Persians' oars.

Posted on 07-14-18 | Permalink

8.11 But on a 1st signal the Greeks formed into a circle, rams out, & on a 2nd they attacked, taking 30 enemy ships before the battle ended.

Posted on 07-13-18 | Permalink

8.10 The Persians, seeing how few ships the Greeks had, were contemptuous. They sailed out and encircled the Greeks.

Posted on 07-12-18 | Permalink

8.9 That afternoon the Greeks at Artemisium put to sea against the Persians, wanting to see how they fought and handled tactical maneuvers.

Posted on 07-11-18 | Permalink

8.8 A diver named Scyllias deserted from the Persians. He made his way to Artemisium and told the Greeks about the ships sent around Euboea.

Posted on 07-10-18 | Permalink

8.7 They sent 200 ships to sail clockwise around Euboea & block the Greeks from escaping to the south. The rest would attack from the front.

Posted on 07-09-18 | Permalink

8.6 So the Greeks stayed at Artemisium. The Persians wanted to fight, but they didn't want to give the Greeks a chance to flee to safety.

Posted on 07-08-18 | Permalink

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