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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6.66 The Spartans asked Delphi about Demaratus’ legitimacy, but Cleomenes had bribed key ppl: the prophetess said D. was NOT Ariston’s son.

Posted on 08-23-17 | Permalink

6.65 Cleomenes plotted w/Leotychides (whose fiancée Demaratus had stolen): in return for the throne, L. charged D w/not being Ariston’s son.

Posted on 08-22-17 | Permalink

6.64 When Ariston died, Demaratus succeeded to the throne, but he was destined to be deprived of his kingship.

Posted on 08-21-17 | Permalink

6.63 When Ariston's 3rd wife gave birth less than 10 [lunar] months later, he said the kid couldn't be his, but he later changed his mind.

Posted on 08-20-17 | Permalink

6.62 Ariston tricked his friend into agreeing to give him the woman. The friend was unhappy, but he’d sworn an oath, so he handed her over.

Posted on 08-19-17 | Permalink

6.61 So, Cleomenes wanted to get rid of Demaratus. Now, D's dad Ariston had no kids by his 1st 2 wives. But his friend had a beautiful wife.

Posted on 08-18-17 | Permalink

6.60 The Spartans are like the Egyptians in that heralds, flute-players, and cooks inherit their trades from their fathers.

Posted on 08-17-17 | Permalink

6.59 After a king dies, the incoming king forgives Spartiates any debts they owe to the king or state. In this they are like the Persians.

Posted on 08-16-17 | Permalink

6.58 When a Spartan king dies the news is carried around Laconia. Various people have to go to the funeral, where they beat their foreheads.

Posted on 08-15-17 | Permalink

6.57 During peace time they get extra food and front row seats at athletic events, and they sit as members of the Spartan Gerousia [senate].

Posted on 08-14-17 | Permalink

6.56 Sparta's kings have various perks, incl. being able to wage war against anyone they want. Plus they get a bodyguard when on campaign.

Posted on 08-13-17 | Permalink

6.55 Enough of that. Others have told how these men became masters of the Dorians. I'll write about things no one else has mentioned.

Posted on 08-12-17 | Permalink

6.54 The Persians say that Perseus was an Assyrian who became Greek.

Posted on 08-11-17 | Permalink

6.53 Other Greeks list the Dorian kings going back to Perseus, son of Danaë, showing that they were Greeks. But Danaë was actually Egyptian.

Posted on 08-10-17 | Permalink

6.52 The Spartans say that the dual kingship started with the twin sons of their king Aristodemus, both of whom ruled after his death.

Posted on 08-09-17 | Permalink

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