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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7.232 Another Spartan, Pantites, went as a messenger to Thessaly & thus survived Thermopylae. When he got back to Sparta he hanged himself.

Posted on 06-25-18 | Permalink

7.231 Back in Sparta he was labeled a coward. No one would speak to him or give him fire. But he restored his honor fighting at Plataea.

Posted on 06-24-18 | Permalink

7.230 Others say Aristodemus was serving as a messenger: he dallied on the way back to the army & in that way avoided dying at Thermopylae.

Posted on 06-23-18 | Permalink

7.229 There's a story that Leonidas released two injured men from service. Eurytus chose to stay & died fighting, and Aristodemus went home.

Posted on 06-22-18 | Permalink

7.228 Epitaphs later commemorated the Greek dead, e.g.: Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.

Posted on 06-21-18 | Permalink

7.227 Dieneces said other cool stuff too. After him, 2 Spartan brothers were bravest, Alpheus & Maron. The bravest Thespian was Dithyrambus.

Posted on 06-20-18 | Permalink

7.226 They say Dieneces was the bravest Greek. Told the Persians' arrows would darken the sky, he rejoiced that they'd fight in the shade.

Posted on 06-19-18 | Permalink

7.225 When the Persians from the path arrived, the Greeks retreated to a hill. Surrounded, they fought w/daggers & with their hands & teeth.

Posted on 06-18-18 | Permalink

7.224 Leonidas fell in the fight & other famous Spartans: I've learned the names of the 300 who died with him. Two sons of Darius also died.

Posted on 06-17-18 | Permalink

7.223 Xerxes attacked again on the 3rd day and the Greeks, knowing they would die, fought in a frenzy, with no regard for their lives.

Posted on 06-16-18 | Permalink

7.222 The rest of the allies went home, but Leonidas made the Thebans stay, against their will, and the Thespians volunteered to do so.

Posted on 06-15-18 | Permalink

7.221 A proof of this is that Leonidas ordered the prophet Megistias to leave. Megistias refused to go, but he did send his son home.

Posted on 06-14-18 | Permalink

7.220 But some say--and I believe this--that Leonidas sent the allies away. Meanwhile, he and his Spartiates refused to quit their post.

Posted on 06-13-18 | Permalink

7.219 The Greeks in the pass heard from lookouts that the Persians were coming along the path. Some of them fled. Others prepared to fight.

Posted on 06-12-18 | Permalink

7.218 The Phocians fled to the mtn top, thinking the Persians would pursue them, but the Persians bypassed them and continued on the path.

Posted on 06-11-18 | Permalink

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