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.

RETWEETING THE HISTORY AS OF 1/12/2015! You can follow the posts here or subscribe via RSS, Twitter or Facebook.

See also @iThucydides on Twitter, tweeting Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War as of 2/1/2015!

The Twitter Herodotus is now a book! Available in paperback or for Kindle.


8.5 Themistocles in turn used 8 of the 30 talents he'd been given to bribe Eurybiades and the Corinthian Adeimantus. He kept the rest.

Posted on 07-07-18 | Permalink

8.4 When the Greeks saw the no. of Persian ships at Aphetae they wanted to withdraw. The locals bribed Themistocles to make the Greeks stay.

Posted on 07-06-18 | Permalink

8.3 Early on there'd been talk of the Athenians commanding by sea, but they withdrew any claim to leadership when the allies balked.

Posted on 07-05-18 | Permalink

8.2 The Greeks had 271 triremes at Artemisium. Their leader was the Spartan Eurybiades: the allies refused to follow anyone but a Spartan.

Posted on 07-04-18 | Permalink

8.1 The Athenians contributed 127 ships to the allied Greek fleet. (The Plataeans joined their crews.) Corinth contributed 40, Sparta 10.

Posted on 07-03-18 | Permalink

7.239 Demaratus had sent a secret text to Sparta pre-war to tell them Xerxes was invading. Leonidas' wife Gorgo figured out how to read it. 

Posted on 07-02-18 | Permalink

7.238 Xerxes walked around among the Greek corpses. When he found Leonidas', he ordered that its head be cut off and impaled on a stake.

Posted on 07-01-18 | Permalink

7.237 Xerxes said that he trusted his guest-friend Demaratus, but in this case he was going to take Achaemenes' advice.

Posted on 06-30-18 | Permalink

7.236 Xerxes' brother Achaemenes, however, advised him not to follow Demaratus' advice as it would mean separating his fleet and land army.

Posted on 06-29-18 | Permalink

7.235 Demaratus suggested he distract the Spartans by harrying the Peloponnese by sea. Otherwise he'd face terrible fighting at the Isthmus.

Posted on 06-28-18 | Permalink

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