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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5.75 But before there was a fight, the Corinthians abandoned the Spartans, and Demaratus, the other Spartan king, also turned back. 

Posted on 04-28-17 | Permalink

5.74 Cleomenes, insulted by his ouster, gathered a great army and invaded Attica. His allies overran other parts of Attica at the same time.

Posted on 04-27-17 | Permalink

5.73 Knowing the Spartans would be back, the Athenians sent to Persia to make an alliance. The messengers gave Darius earth and water.

Posted on 04-26-17 | Permalink

5.72 The Spartans drove out Cleisthenes and 700 Athenian families, then seized the Acropolis, but the Athenians forced them to leave.

Posted on 04-25-17 | Permalink

5.71 The curse started bc an Alcmaeonid had once killed the failed would-be tyrant Cylon & his minions, despite that they were suppliants.

Posted on 04-24-17 | Permalink

5.70 Isagoras in turn called upon Cleomenes for help. Cleom. demanded the Athenians banish Cleisthenes et al. because his family was cursed.

Posted on 04-23-17 | Permalink

5.69 Cleisthenes of Athens likewise reorganized Athens' tribal structure, assigning the demes to tribes. He thus won the support of the ppl.

Posted on 04-22-17 | Permalink

5.68 Cleisthenes of Sicyon also changed the names of the tribes in Sicyon. He gave them animal names--like Hoggies--in order to mock them.

Posted on 04-21-17 | Permalink

5.67 I think Cleisthenes was emulating his grandpa, Cleisthenes, tyrant of Sicyon. He stopped the worship of the hero Adrastus in Sicyon.

Posted on 04-20-17 | Permalink

5.66 Next, the Alcmaeonid Cleisthenes & Isagoras vied for power. C. gained popular support & organized the ppl into 10 tribes instead of 4.

Posted on 04-19-17 | Permalink

5.65 The Pisistratids (Hippias et al.) agreed to leave Athens to gain release of their kids, who'd been captured. They had ruled for 36 yrs.

Posted on 04-18-17 | Permalink

5.64 The Spartans made a 2nd expedition against Athens by land, under Cleomenes. He besieged the Acropolis, where Hippias and his crew were.

Posted on 04-17-17 | Permalink

5.63 They got Delphi to convince the Spartans they should help restore the Alcmaeonidae. The Spartans attacked Athens but were defeated.

Posted on 04-16-17 | Permalink

5.62 But back to the story. Hippias was ruling harshly. The Alcmaeonidae had been exiled under Hippias & were trying to get back to Athens.

Posted on 04-15-17 | Permalink

5.61 Another tripod was dedicated by Laodamas, the king of the Cadmeans.

Posted on 04-14-17 | Permalink

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