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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3.102 Some of the Indians go out on camels to collect gold, which is dug up by giant ants--they're bigger than foxes, smaller than dogs.

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3.101 The Indians I've mentioned have sex out in the open, like animals. Their semen (like that of Ethiopians) is black rather than white.

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3.100 Another group of Indians won't kill anything. When one of them gets sick he wanders off alone. No one cares if he's sick or dead.

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3.99 Among them, e.g., are the Padaei, nomads who eat their old people. Also their sick: if someone denies he's sick they eat him anyway.

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3.98 The Indians pay in gold dust (more on that in a bit). There are many different Indian peoples, who live farthest east of all we know.

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3.97 The Persians alone don't pay taxes. Certain others pay instead in gifts, e.g., the Ethiopians give gold, ebony, boys, & elephant tusks.

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3.96 The money came from Asia & Libya, and later the Aegean islands & parts of Europe. It was melted down and poured into earthen vessels.

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3.95 Add it all up and Darius got 14,560 talents in annual tribute, give or take.

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3.94 The 17th-19th provinces paid 400, 200, and 300 talents. The Indians, the 20th province, paid the most: 360 talents of gold dust.

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3.93 The 12th-16th provinces paid 360, 400, 600, 250, and 300 talents respectively.

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3.92 #9 1000 talents and 500 boys who would be made eunuchs. #10 450 talents. #11 200 talents.

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3.91 #5 350 talents. #6 700 talents, $$$ from the sale of fish from Lake Moeris, & 120,000 bushels of grain. #7 170 talents. #8 300 talents.

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3.90 The 1st province, for example, paid 400 talents of silver annually. #2 500 talents. #3 360 talents. #4 500 talents & 360 white horses.

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3.89 He then organized the Persian empire into twenty provinces, or satrapies, and assessed the taxes due annually from each nation.

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3.88 So Darius became king. He married the two daughters of Cyrus (Atossa & Artystone) as well as the daughters of Smerdis and Otanes.

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