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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5.39 At this time Cleomenes, the son of Anaxandrides and his 2nd wife, was one of Sparta’s kings.

Posted on 03-23-17 | Permalink

5.38 Most let their tyrants go but the Mytilenaeans stoned Cöes. Aristagoras next sailed to Sparta looking for allies to help w/the revolt.

Posted on 03-22-17 | Permalink

5.37 Aristagoras resigned his tyranny & drove other tyrants out of Ionia. He gave the arrested generals (who were tyrants) to their cities.

Posted on 03-21-17 | Permalink

5.36 Aristagoras talked w/his peeps. All but Hecataeus agreed Miletus should revolt. 1st they would arrest the generals of the Naxos fleet.

Posted on 03-20-17 | Permalink

5.35 Aristagoras was worried bc of his failure. Meanwhile, Histiaeus sent  him a msg via a tattooed slave, urging him to revolt from Persia.

Posted on 03-19-17 | Permalink

5.34 Thus the Naxians were prepared for the attack. The Persians could not take the island and abandoned the attempt after a 4-month siege.

Posted on 03-18-17 | Permalink

5.33 En route to Naxos Aristagoras & Megabates fought over M.'s punishment of one of the fleet's captains. M. took revenge by warning Naxos.

Posted on 03-17-17 | Permalink

5.32 Artaphrenes, after consulting with Darius, prepared a fleet of 200 triremes for the expedition, with his cousin Megabates as general.

Posted on 03-16-17 | Permalink

5.31 Aristagoras went to Sardis to sell Artaphrenes on the idea of capturing Naxos, which might lead to other conquests in the Aegean.

Posted on 03-15-17 | Permalink

5.30 So, some Naxian rebels asked Aristagoras, acting tyrant of Miletus, for help w/restoration to Naxos. He said he'd talk to Artaphrenes.

Posted on 03-14-17 | Permalink

5.29 The Parians helped by restructuring their government. They gave authority in Miletus to the Milesians whose farms were best run.

Posted on 03-13-17 | Permalink

5.28 Other troubles came, in Naxos and Miletus. The Milesians had once been torn by faction, but they had been reconciled by the Parians.

Posted on 03-12-17 | Permalink

5.27 Lycaretus was made governor of the Lemnians, but he was killed on the job because he was a bully and enslaved everybody.

Posted on 03-11-17 | Permalink

5.26 Otanes captured, among other places, Byzantium and the islands of Lemnos and Imbros.

Posted on 03-10-17 | Permalink

5.25 Darius made his brother-by-another-mother Artaphrenes satrap of Sardis & gave Otanes (not the conspirator) Megabazus' job.

Posted on 03-09-17 | Permalink

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