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.

   


7.23 They dug the canal by passing buckets of dirt up, one man to another. Most of the crews had trouble w/the sides of the canal caving in.

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7.22 By way of preparation, Xerxes had a canal dug through the peninsula at Athos--fearing the wreck of another fleet off the coast.

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7.21 Nations throughout Xerxes' empire contributed men & equipment--ships from here, horsemen from there. The vast host drank rivers dry.

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7.20 Xerxes prepared for 4 years, and in the 5th he began his campaign. His forces were greater even than those sent by the Greeks to Troy.

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7.19 Xerxes began preparing in earnest. He had a 3rd dream that was interpreted by the Magi to mean he'd take over the world.

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7.18 Artabanus leapt up when the dream was about to burn out his eyes. He told Xerxes they should attack Greece: the expedition was back on.

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7.17 Artabanus slept in the king's bed and the dream came to him: it said he wouldn't escape punishment for trying to change what was fated.

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7.16 Artabanus wasn't keen on the idea but agreed to it. Still, he didn't think a god had sent the dream: X. simply had Greece on his mind.

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7.15 Terrified, Xerxes told Artabanus about the dream. He bid A. use his throne & bed: if a god had sent the dream it would come to him too.

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7.14 That night, the same man appeared to Xerxes in a 2nd dream and warned him: if he didn't attack Greece, he would quickly be brought low.

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"Tweeting Herodotus, or recasting The History for the digital age"

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