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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8.135 At the sanctuary of Ptoan Apollo, the god prophesied in a language the locals didn't know. Mys recognized it as Carian & recorded it.

Posted on 11-14-18 | Permalink

8.134 Mys went around to various oracles, consulting them himself or, where necessary, having someone else do so on his behalf.

Posted on 11-13-18 | Permalink

8.133 They sailed to Delos. Meanwhile, Mardonius, in Thessaly, sent a guy named Mys out to consult the oracles.

Posted on 11-12-18 | Permalink

8.132 Messengers came to Aegina hoping to persuade the Greeks to sail to Ionia. But the Greeks were afraid to sail farther east than Delos.

Posted on 11-11-18 | Permalink

8.131 110 Greek ships gathered at Aegina in the spring. The Spartan Leotychides was in command. Xanthippus led the Athenian contingent.

Posted on 11-10-18 | Permalink

8.130 Xerxes' fleet had fled to Asia. In the spring 300 Persian ships gathered at Samos, where they watched lest the Ionians revolt.

Posted on 11-09-18 | Permalink

8.129 3 months into the siege the H2O around Potidaea receded. Many Persians were drowned when it returned. The rest went back to Thessaly.

Posted on 11-08-18 | Permalink

8.128 Artabazus was working w/a traitor inside Potidaea. They communicated by wrapping messages around arrows & shooting at an agreed spot.

Posted on 11-07-18 | Permalink

8.127 He laid siege to Potidaea and nearby Olynthus. After taking Olynthus, he slit the inhabitants' throats.

Posted on 11-06-18 | Permalink

8.126 Artabazus had escorted Xerxes to the Hellespont w/60,000 men. On his way back to Greece he learned Potidaea had revolted from Persia.

Posted on 11-05-18 | Permalink

8.125 Someone later said Themistocles had only been honored bc of Athens. Okay, T. said, but you, tho Athenian, wouldn’t be honored at all.

Posted on 11-04-18 | Permalink

8.124 They disbanded w/o naming a victor. Themistocles was lauded as the cleverest man in Greece. He visited Sparta & was honored big time.

Posted on 11-03-18 | Permalink

8.123 The Greeks next went to the Isthmus to award prizes for valor. Each commander voted for himself 1st & thought Themistocles 2nd best.

Posted on 11-02-18 | Permalink

8.122 The Greeks sent stuff to Delphi, but the god demanded a greater prize from the Aeginetans. Hearing this, they dedicated 3 gold stars.

Posted on 11-01-18 | Permalink

8.121 The Greeks couldn't take Andros. They attacked Carystus, then returned to Salamis, divided the spoils, & made dedications to the gods.

Posted on 10-31-18 | Permalink

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