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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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.


8.64 The next A.M. an earthquake prompted the Greeks to seek help from Ajax & Telamon. They sent men to Aegina to get the heroes’ images.

Posted on 09-04-18 | Permalink

8.63 Eurybiades decided, then, that they would fight at Salamis, probably because he was afraid the Athenians would desert the Greek cause.

Posted on 09-03-18 | Permalink

8.62 Finally, Themistocles said that if Eurybiades withdrew from Salamis the Athenians would sail off & make a home for themselves in Italy.

Posted on 09-02-18 | Permalink

8.61 Adeimantus again rebuked Themistocles--he was a "cityless man"--but Them. noted that the Athenians still had 200 fully manned ships.

Posted on 09-01-18 | Permalink

8.60 Themistocles explained why fighting off of Salamis was best: e.g., the Greeks' smaller fleet would fare better in the confined space.

Posted on 08-31-18 | Permalink

8.59 At the conference Themistocles started speaking before Eurybiades. He was chided for doing so by the Corinthian Adeimantus.

Posted on 08-30-18 | Permalink

8.58 Themistocles went off to talk to Eurybiades. He persuaded him to get off his ship and summon the generals to a conference.

Posted on 08-29-18 | Permalink

8.57 Now an Athenian, Mnesiphilus, privately urged Themistocles to make Eurybiades change his mind: if they left Salamis the war was lost.

Posted on 08-28-18 | Permalink

8.56 When the Greeks heard what had happened on the Acropolis, they resolved to fight for the Isthmus, and they repaired to their ships.

Posted on 08-27-18 | Permalink

8.55 There's a sacred olive tree on the Acropolis. The Persians burned it, but by the next day it had grown a new, 1.5-foot shoot.

Posted on 08-26-18 | Permalink

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