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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9.53 Pausanias gave orders for the Spartans to retreat to the agreed upon place, but 1 regimental commander, Amompharetus, refused to obey.

Posted on 01-15-19 | Permalink

9.52 They were harassed by cavalry all day. That night they withdrew, but most fled to the wrong place, the temple of Hera outside Plataea.

Posted on 01-14-19 | Permalink

9.51 They decided to withdraw that night to a place nearer Plataea w/abundant water. Then they'd send men to recover their baggage train.

Posted on 01-13-19 | Permalink

9.50 The Greeks met to discuss their problems: continual attacks from the Persian cavalry; dwindling provisions; and now no water.

Posted on 01-12-19 | Permalink

9.49 The herald told M the Spartans had ignored him. M sent out his cavalry. They wrecked the spring from which the Greeks were getting H2O.

Posted on 01-11-19 | Permalink

9.48 Mardonius sent a herald to mock the Spartans for trying to abandon the right wing. He challenged them to fight the Persians alone.

Posted on 01-10-19 | Permalink

9.47 They switched wings at dawn. Mardonius saw & moved the Persians to his left wing. The Greeks then changed back & the Persians did too.

Posted on 01-09-19 | Permalink

9.46 The Athenians told Pausanias. He suggested they move to the right wing, opp. the Persians, since they'd fought Persians b4 at Marathon.

Posted on 01-08-19 | Permalink

9.45 He told them Mardonius planned to attack in the A.M. and they should only share this info w/Pausanias. He ID'd himself, then rode off.

Posted on 01-07-19 | Permalink

9.44 That night, while most were asleep, Alexander, the king of Macedon, rode into the Athenians' camp and asked to see their generals.

Posted on 01-06-19 | Permalink

9.43 Mardonius was actually wrong about this oracle referring to the Persians, but I know of other oracles that did have to do with them.

Posted on 01-05-19 | Permalink

9.42 Mardonius summoned his commanders and told them they wouldn't be plundering Delphi: an oracle prophesied their destruction if they did.

Posted on 01-04-19 | Permalink

9.41 After 10 days of inactivity Mardonius met w/advisors. They wanted to win Greece w/bribes. He wanted to ignore the sacrifices & attack.

Posted on 01-03-19 | Permalink

9.40 Nothing more happened for 2 days, as neither side wanted to initiate battle. But the Persian cavalry did continually harass the Greeks.

Posted on 01-02-19 | Permalink

9.39 Mardonius sent his cavalry to the passes. They captured 500 pack animals that were bringing in food & killed many of the animals & men.

Posted on 01-01-19 | Permalink

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