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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4.135 Darius left the weak behind, saying he was going to attack the enemy & they should guard the camp, & he hightailed it to the Ister.

Posted on 12-04-16 | Permalink

4.134 Darius soon realized Gobryas was right about the gifts. They decided to withdraw at night, leaving some of their own soldiers behind.

Posted on 12-03-16 | Permalink

4.133 The Scythians who'd gone to see the Ionians said they should do as Darius bid them and go home after 60 days. The Ionians agreed.

Posted on 12-02-16 | Permalink

4.132 D. thought the S. were surrendering. Gobryas thought it meant they'd be shot if they didn't fly away or go underground or under water.

Posted on 12-01-16 | Permalink

4.131 Now the Scythians sent Darius gifts: a bird, a mouse, a frog, and five arrows. The messenger didn't tell Darius what the gifts meant.

Posted on 11-30-16 | Permalink

4.130 The Scythians sometimes left animals behind for the Persians to find. They wanted Darius to stay longer and so be in greater danger.

Posted on 11-29-16 | Permalink

4.129 There are no asses or mules in Scythia, so the sound of the Persians' animals confused the Scythians' horses when they attacked.

Posted on 11-28-16 | Permalink

4.128 Some Scythians went to talk to the Ionians at the bridge. The rest started attacking the Persians when they were gathering provisions.

Posted on 11-27-16 | Permalink

4.127 Idanthyrsus said he wasn't fleeing: he was just being a nomad. He wouldn't give earth and water but he would send something more apt.

Posted on 11-26-16 | Permalink

4.126 Darius sent a message to the Scythian king, Idanthyrsus: stop running away and fight or give gifts of earth & water [i.e., submit]!

Posted on 11-25-16 | Permalink

4.125 Darius turned west and met up w/the Scythians, who again retreated, leading the Persians into the land of those who'd refused to help.

Posted on 11-24-16 | Permalink

4.124 Darius stopped there to build forts. Meanwhile the Scythians he'd been following disappeared: in fact they'd looped around behind him.

Posted on 11-23-16 | Permalink

4.123 The Persians couldn't find much to destroy, but they did burn the town of the Budini. Beyond the Budini there is a desert.

Posted on 11-22-16 | Permalink

4.122 The Scythian cavalry found the Persians & stayed a day's march ahead of them. The Persians pursued them through Sauromatian territory.

Posted on 11-21-16 | Permalink

4.121 They sent an advance cavalry guard to meet the Persians, and they sent their women and children away, together with their livestock.

Posted on 11-20-16 | Permalink

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