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.


7.93 The Dorians of Asia, who were originally from the Peloponnese, furnished 30 ships, and the Carians 70.

Posted on 02-06-18 | Permalink

7.92 The Lycians furnished 50 ships. Their caps were feathered but their arrows were not. The Lycians came originally from Crete.

Posted on 02-05-18 | Permalink

7.91 The Cilicians furnished 100 ships and wore woolly tunics. The Pamphylians had 30 ships. They're descended from Trojans.

Posted on 02-04-18 | Permalink

7.90 The Cyprians furnished 150 ships. Their kings wore turbans on their heads.

Posted on 02-03-18 | Permalink

7.89 The Persians had 1207 triremes. Those who furnished them were as follows. The Phoenicians and Palestinian Syrians: 300. Egyptians: 200.

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7.88 Harmamithres & Tithaeus led the cavalry. Pharnuches was to lead as well, but his horse threw him: his men later sawed off its legs.

Posted on 02-01-18 | Permalink

7.87 There were 80,000 horse, not counting the chariots and camels: the Arabians were always in the rear because horses can't stand camels.

Posted on 01-31-18 | Permalink

7.86 These also furnished cavalry: the Medians, Cissians, Indians, Bactrians, Caspians, Libyans, & Paricanians. The Arabians rode on camels.

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7.85 The Sagartians supplied 8000 horse. They carry daggers and lasso the enemy to kill them.

Posted on 01-29-18 | Permalink

7.84 I'll name below those who furnished horses for Xerxes' army. (Some of the cavalry wore helmets of hammered bronze and iron.)

Posted on 01-28-18 | Permalink

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