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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9.21 The Megarians were especially hard pressed by the cavalry. 300 Athenians volunteered to help them. They were commanded by Olympiodorus.

Posted on 12-14-18 | Permalink

9.20 Mardonius sent his cavalry against the Greeks. The cavalry, under the command of Masistius, attacked the Greeks in waves.

Posted on 12-13-18 | Permalink

9.19 The Persians encamped along the Asopus River. The Greeks advanced into Boeotia & encamped opposite them in the foothills of Cithaeron.

Posted on 12-12-18 | Permalink

9.18 They encircled the Phocians & attacked but as quickly withdrew. It's not clear why. Mardonius later told them they needn't be afraid.

Posted on 12-11-18 | Permalink

9.17 The Phocians medized under compulsion & joined the Persians in Boeotia late. The Persian cavalry advanced against them as if to attack.

Posted on 12-10-18 | Permalink

9.16 Thersander of Orchomenus told me this: a Persian he met at the dinner told him he expected very few Persians to survive the war.

Posted on 12-09-18 | Permalink

9.15 M. then retreated to Thebes, where his men built a fort. Meanwhile, a man named Attaginus hosted a dinner for M. & 50 Persian grandees.

Posted on 12-08-18 | Permalink

9.14 M. turned toward Megara when he heard the enemy was there. His cavalry overran the country--the farthest west the Persians ever got.

Posted on 12-07-18 | Permalink

9.13 Mardonius had been waiting for the Athenians to come to terms. When he heard the news, he burned Athens & withdrew toward Thebes.

Posted on 12-06-18 | Permalink

9.12 The messengers left for the Isthmus. Meanwhile, the Argives sent a runner to Mardonius in Attica to tell him of the Spartans' approach.

Posted on 12-05-18 | Permalink

9.11 The next day the Athenian messengers said they were leaving & that Athens would medize. The ephors surprised them w/news of their army.

Posted on 12-04-18 | Permalink

9.10 Secretly, that very night, the Spartans sent off an army of 5000 Spartiates under the command of the regent Pausanias and Euryanax.

Posted on 12-03-18 | Permalink

9.9 Finally a Tegean man pointed out that, w/o Athens, Sparta would be vulnerable to invasion by sea however many walls crossed the Isthmus.

Posted on 12-02-18 | Permalink

9.8 The Spartans continually postponed responding to the Athenians, for 10 days in all, while they feverishly worked on the Isthmus wall.

Posted on 12-01-18 | Permalink

9.7 (The wall across the Isthmus was still under construction.) Athens' messengers addressed Sparta's ephors & asked them to send help ASAP.

Posted on 11-30-18 | Permalink

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