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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5.103 After Sardis, the Athenians went home and refused Aristagoras' entreaties, and the rebels went on to successes in the Hellespont.

Posted on 05-26-17 | Permalink

5.102 So Sardis burned, and with it the temple of Cybebe. But the Persians followed the Ionians to Ephesus and defeated them in battle.

Posted on 05-25-17 | Permalink

5.101 The Ionians started a fire that spread across the city. The defenders gathered near a river, and the rebels were forced to retreat.

Posted on 05-24-17 | Permalink

5.100 The rebels captured all of the city except the acropolis, which was held by Artaphrenes.

Posted on 05-23-17 | Permalink

5.99 The Athenians, meanwhile, arrived with their 20 ships, and the Eretrians came with 5. They joined in a rebel attack on Sardis.

Posted on 05-22-17 | Permalink

5.98 Aristagoras returned to Miletus and incited many of the Paeonians to run away from Asia and make their way back to Thrace.

Posted on 05-21-17 | Permalink

5.97 It was now that Aristagoras of Miletus came to Athens. The Athenians decided to send 20 ships to aid the Ionian rebels against Persia.

Posted on 05-20-17 | Permalink

5.96 Hippias whined to Artaphrenes, who told the Athenians to restore Hippias to power. They refused & were thus openly at enmity w/Persia.

Posted on 05-19-17 | Permalink

5.95 During 1 fight re. Sigeum the poet Alcaeus fled, leaving behind his arms. He wrote a poem about it. Later Athens & Mytilene reconciled.

Posted on 05-18-17 | Permalink

5.94 So Hippias went back to Sigeum on the Hellespont, which Pisistratus had taken by force from Mytilene. It had been fought over since.

Posted on 05-17-17 | Permalink

5.93 Hippias told Socles he'd be sorry. But the rest of the allies agreed with Socles and asked Sparta not to impose a tyranny on Athens.

Posted on 05-16-17 | Permalink

5.92 Most of the allies disapproved. A Corinthian, Socles, talked about the abuses committed by their tyrants, Cypselus and Periander.

Posted on 05-15-17 | Permalink

5.91 Wanting to keep the Athenians weak, the Spartans summoned Hippias from exile and told their allies they wanted to restore him to power.

Posted on 05-14-17 | Permalink

5.90 Athens thus prepared for war. Meanwhile, the Spartans found out the Alcmaeonidae had bribed Delphi to get the Spartans to oust Hippias.

Posted on 05-13-17 | Permalink

5.89 So the Aeginetans helped the Boeotians. An oracle said the Athenians shd wait 30 yrs before fighting Aegina, but they didn't want to.

Posted on 05-12-17 | Permalink

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