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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4.4 Seeing the whips, the slaves lost their fighting spirit, and the Scythians got their land back after their 28-year occupation of Media.

Posted on 07-26-16 | Permalink

4.3 The children of the women and these slaves fought the Scythians when they returned from Media--until the S. got the idea to use whips.

Posted on 07-25-16 | Permalink

4.2 All the Scythians' slaves are blinded. This has to do w/the fact that the Scythians drink milk, and they use their slaves to churn it.

Posted on 07-24-16 | Permalink

4.1 Darius invaded Scythia to punish the S for once occupying Media. After 28 yrs the S went home 2 find their women had lived w/the slaves.

Posted on 07-23-16 | Permalink

3.160 Darius honored Zopyrus greatly for his sacrifice & gave him Babylon to rule. Later, Zopyrus' grandson Zopyrus would desert to Athens.

Posted on 07-22-16 | Permalink

3.159 So Darius retook Babylon & tore down its walls. He impaled 3000 of its citizens & brought in women from other towns to repopulate it.

Posted on 07-21-16 | Permalink

3.158 When Darius made an assault on the city, Zopyrus opened the gates and let him in. The Babylonians realized then they'd been betrayed.

Posted on 07-20-16 | Permalink

3.157 The Babylonians were completely deceived. They gave him an army & after several successes vs. Darius they made him commander-in-chief.

Posted on 07-19-16 | Permalink

3.156 So Zopyrus went off to Babylon and told them Darius had mutilated him, and he said he wanted to punish Darius for what he'd done.

Posted on 07-18-16 | Permalink

3.155 Zopyrus' plan was to desert to Babylon as tho abused by D. He'd be given an army & wd repeatedly defeat D's men--by prearrangement.

Posted on 07-17-16 | Permalink

3.154 Zopyrus therefore mutilated himself. He cut off his nose and ears and he shaved his head & whipped himself, and he reported to Darius.

Posted on 07-16-16 | Permalink

3.153 20 months in, a mule owned by Megabyzus' son Zopyrus foaled. Z. remembered what the soldier had said & figured Babylon could be taken.

Posted on 07-15-16 | Permalink

3.152 Nineteen months later, Darius still hadn’t taken the city, despite trying every sort of stratagem (including diverting the river).

Posted on 07-14-16 | Permalink

3.151 Darius laid siege, and the Babylonians mocked him from their walls. "You'll take Babylon when mules bear foals!" one of them said.

Posted on 07-13-16 | Permalink

3.150 Babylon revolted from Persia. In preparation for a siege, they selected some women to keep or send away, and they strangled the rest.

Posted on 07-12-16 | Permalink

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