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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4.91 Darius erected a pillar at the river saying what a great river it was & what a great man he was.

Posted on 10-21-16 | Permalink

4.90 The Tearus River has healing properties and is an especially effective cure for scabies.

Posted on 10-20-16 | Permalink

4.89 Darius now crossed the Hellespont. He'd already sent the Ionians ahead to bridge the Ister. Now he marched north as far as the Tearus.

Posted on 10-19-16 | Permalink

4.88 Darius also gave a big reward to Mandrocles, the architect of the bridge over the Bosporus. 

Posted on 10-18-16 | Permalink

4.87 Back at the bridge, Darius set up two pillars listing the nations participating in the campaign. There were 700,000 men & 600 ships.

Posted on 10-17-16 | Permalink

4.86 The Black Sea, I estimate, is 1220 miles long by 363 miles wide. Lake Maeotis, which is also pretty big, flows into the Black Sea.

Posted on 10-16-16 | Permalink

4.85 Darius marched from Susa to the bridge that had been built across the Bosporus. He also sailed off to take a look at the Black Sea.

Posted on 10-15-16 | Permalink

4.84 A Persian, Oeobazus, asked Darius if one of his sons could stay home. To O's delight, D. said they all could. Then he had them killed.

Posted on 10-14-16 | Permalink

4.83 While Darius was preparing his campaign against Scythia, his brother Artabanus tried to talk him out of it, to no avail.

Posted on 10-13-16 | Permalink

4.82 Scythia doesn't boast much that's noteworthy, but there was one thing: I saw Heracles' footprint impressed in rock. It's 3 ft. long.

Posted on 10-12-16 | Permalink

4.81 I heard a number of different accounts but haven't been able to find out with any accuracy how many Scythians there are.

Posted on 10-11-16 | Permalink

4.80 The Scythians rebelled against him and made his brother Octamasades king. Scyles fled, but Octamasades caught him and beheaded him.

Posted on 10-10-16 | Permalink

4.79 Undeterred by a bad omen, Scyles got himself initiated into the rites of Dionysus. Some Scythian nobles found out and told everybody.

Posted on 10-09-16 | Permalink

4.78 Years later there was a Scythian king named Scyles who would ditch his men and act like a Greek every time he went to Borysthenes.

Posted on 10-08-16 | Permalink

4.77 The Peloponnesians say Anacharsis told his king that the Spartans were the only Greeks you could have a decent convo with. (A joke?)

Posted on 10-07-16 | Permalink

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