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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8.79 Aristides arrived during the meeting--the justest man in Athens, IMHO. He told Themistocles privately that the Greeks were surrounded.

Posted on 09-19-18 | Permalink

8.78 The Greek generals, meanwhile, were still debating at Salamis, unaware that the Persians had encircled them.

Posted on 09-18-18 | Permalink

8.77 I can't rebut the truth of oracles when I consider how clearly Apollo foretold Greece's day of freedom & the sea stained red w/blood.

Posted on 09-17-18 | Permalink

8.76 The Persians responded by posting men on the island of Psyttaleia and positioning their ships so as to prevent the Greeks from leaving.

Posted on 09-16-18 | Permalink

8.75 While the Greeks debated, Themistocles secretly sent a messenger to Xerxes to tell him the Greeks were planning on leaving Salamis.

Posted on 09-15-18 | Permalink

8.74 Many of the Greeks at Salamis were still for withdrawing to the Peloponnese. This disagreement resulted finally in another meeting.

Posted on 09-14-18 | Permalink

8.73 Seven peoples inhabit the Peloponnese, but most of their cities sent no help. To my mind, those who remained neutral sided w/Persia.

Posted on 09-13-18 | Permalink

8.72 Among the Peloponnesians who came to the Isthmus to fight were the Lacedaemonians & Corinthians, but there were others who didn't show.

Posted on 09-12-18 | Permalink

8.71 The Greeks, however, had thousands of men at the Isthmus building a wall under the supervision of Leonidas' brother Cleombrotus.

Posted on 09-11-18 | Permalink

8.70 Xerxes' fleet drew up for battle, but there wasn't much daylight left. Meanwhile, his army began marching toward the Peloponnese.

Posted on 09-10-18 | Permalink

8.69 The others thought Xerxes would punish her for speaking her mind, but in fact he admired her for it. Still, he decided to fight at sea.

Posted on 09-09-18 | Permalink

8.68 Everyone said he should except Artemisia. She urged him not to meet the Greeks at sea but to either stay put or go to the Peloponnese.

Posted on 09-08-18 | Permalink

8.67 Xerxes went down to the fleet at Phalerum and had Mardonius ask the various commanders assembled there whether he should fight at sea.

Posted on 09-07-18 | Permalink

8.66 The Persians now had as many men and ships as they’d ever had: they’d made up their losses with Greek conscripts.

Posted on 09-06-18 | Permalink

8.65 While Attica was being ravaged a huge dust cloud floated from Eleusis toward Salamis, presaging the destruction of the Persian fleet.

Posted on 09-05-18 | Permalink

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