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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7.108 Xerxes marched from Doriscus toward Greece, forcing those en route--who had been conquered in previous invasions--to serve with him.

Posted on 02-21-18 | Permalink

7.107 Of the other satraps Xerxes honored only Boges, who killed his wife and kids and himself rather than surrender Eïon to the Athenians.

Posted on 02-20-18 | Permalink

7.106 Later, Xerxes regularly sent Mascames gifts. He was the only satrap the Greeks would fail to drive out of the area after the invasion.

Posted on 02-19-18 | Permalink

7.105 Xerxes dismissed Demaratus with a laugh. He made Mascames satrap in Doriscus. Then he and the rest marched off for Greece via Thrace.

Posted on 02-18-18 | Permalink

7.104 The Spartans are free, Demaratus said, but they do what the law bids, which is never to flee but to stand in line and conquer or die.

Posted on 02-17-18 | Permalink

7.103 That's crazy, Xerxes said. How could they possibly fight against such numbers, and WHY would they, being free men and not compelled?

Posted on 02-16-18 | Permalink

7.102 Demaratus said that the Spartans would fight Xerxes alone if they had to, even if they had only 1000 men against his entire army.

Posted on 02-15-18 | Permalink

7.101 Then X. asked Demaratus (the former Spartan king) if the Greeks wd dare face his host: X didn’t think they stood a chance against him.

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7.100 With his forces counted, Xerxes went among the men, from nation to nation & ship to ship, asking them about themselves & taking notes.

Posted on 02-13-18 | Permalink

7.99 Notably, Artemisia of Halicarnassus served in place of her husband, who was dead. She commanded 5 ships & was the king's best advisor.

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7.98 Among the most famous aboard, apart from the generals, were Tetramnestus of Sidon and Syennesis of Cilicia.

Posted on 02-11-18 | Permalink

7.97 Ariabignes, Prexaspes, Megabyzus & Achaemenes led the navy. There were 3000 triaconters, penteconters, light ships & horse transports.

Posted on 02-10-18 | Permalink

7.96 The Phoenician ships were fastest. Each people had native leaders, but these were of no account. Persian generals held supreme command.

Posted on 02-09-18 | Permalink

7.95 The Ionian islanders furnished 17 ships, the Aeolians 60, & the people from the Hellespont a hundred.

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7.94 The Ionians had 100 ships. They take their name from Ion, the son of Xuthus.

Posted on 02-07-18 | Permalink

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