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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4.186 So, between Egypt and Lake Triton live carnivorous (but not cow- or pig-eating), milk-drinking nomads.

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4.185 Beyond the Atlantes there are further springs at 10-day intervals, but I don't know names. The people's houses are made of salt.

Posted on 01-23-17 | Permalink

4.184 10 days beyond them are the Atarantes, who don't have individual names. Beyond that are the Atlantes, who don't dream or eat meat.

Posted on 01-22-17 | Permalink

4.183 10 days beyond are the Garamantes, whose oxen graze backwards. They hunt the cave-dwelling Ethiopians, the fastest runners of all men.

Posted on 01-21-17 | Permalink

4.182 Ten days' journey beyond the Ammonians there is the spring called Augila.

Posted on 01-20-17 | Permalink

4.181 The above live near the coast. Inland there are springs at 10-day intervals around which ppl live. The 1st of these are the Ammonians.

Posted on 01-19-17 | Permalink

4.180 The Auseans live on the other side of the Triton River. They don't live as couples but share their women in common.

Posted on 01-18-17 | Permalink

4.179 They say that Jason & the Argonauts were driven to Lake Triton by winds. They were stuck there until they gave Triton a bronze tripod.

Posted on 01-17-17 | Permalink

4.178 The Machlyes eat lotuses too, but not as much as the Lotus-eaters. The Triton River borders their land and issues into Lake Tritonis.

Posted on 01-16-17 | Permalink

4.177 The Lotus-eaters live on a cape that projects from the land of the Gindanes. They really like eating lotus fruit.

Posted on 01-15-17 | Permalink

4.176 The women of the Gindanes wear leather anklets, one for each man she's had sex with. The one with the most anklets is considered best.

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4.175 The Macae have mohawks.

Posted on 01-13-17 | Permalink

4.174 Inland of these are the Garamantes, who avoid social interaction and don’t practice warfare.

Posted on 01-12-17 | Permalink

4.173 Near the Nasamones were the Psylli, who were buried in a sandstorm. The Nasamones took over their land.

Posted on 01-11-17 | Permalink

4.172 The Nasamones  eat locusts and share their women in common. On a bride's wedding night she sleeps with all the men at the feast.

Posted on 01-10-17 | Permalink

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