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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7.201 Xerxes camped in the Trachinian part of Malis while the Greeks camped in the Thermopylae Pass itself, which locals call the Gates.

Posted on 05-25-18 | Permalink

7.200 South of the Asopus is the Phoenix, which empties into the Asopus. From there it's about 1.75 miles to Thermopylae.

Posted on 05-24-18 | Permalink

7.199 The city of Trachis is about a half mile from the Black River. South of Trachis there's a ravine through which the Asopus River flows.

Posted on 05-23-18 | Permalink

7.198 Xerxes marched into Malis along the gulf. The land is flat, bounded inland by mtns & crossed by the Spercheus, Dyras, & Black Rivers.

Posted on 05-22-18 | Permalink

7.197 In Achaea X was told the story of why the Achaeans, in accordance w/an oracle, punish the 1st-born descendants of a guy named Phrixus.

Posted on 05-21-18 | Permalink

7.196 Xerxes, meanwhile, marched south with the land army through Thessaly and Achaea. He arrived in Malis three days after the fleet.

Posted on 05-20-18 | Permalink

7.195 The Greeks interrogated their prisoners, then sent them in bonds to the Isthmus of Corinth.

Posted on 05-19-18 | Permalink

7.194 15 Persian ships, lagging behind the rest, accidentally sailed toward Artemisium rather than Aphetae. The Greeks easily captured them.

Posted on 05-18-18 | Permalink

7.193 The Persians, meanwhile, sailed from Sepias, rounded the Cape of Magnesia, and anchored at Aphetae.

Posted on 05-17-18 | Permalink

7.192 After the storm the Greeks at Chalcis heard about the damage the Persian fleet had sustained. They hurried back to Artemisium.

Posted on 05-16-18 | Permalink

7.191 Many provision boats were lost too. By sacrificing, etc., the Magi got the wind to stop on the 4th day--unless it stopped on its own.

Posted on 05-15-18 | Permalink

7.190 No fewer than 400 Persian ships were destroyed, they say, and a vast number of lives and much property lost.

Posted on 05-14-18 | Permalink

7.189 They say that the Athenians at Chalcis had called upon Boreas, the North Wind, to help them by destroying the Persians' ships.

Posted on 05-13-18 | Permalink

7.188 The Persians sailed to Sepias & anchored 8 deep offshore. In the A.M. a great wind came up & wrecked many of the ships against rocks.

Posted on 05-12-18 | Permalink

7.187 Plus, an untold number of women, eunuchs, and animals accompanied the army. It's a wonder there was enough food for all of them.

Posted on 05-11-18 | Permalink

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