Book 8

8.101 Xerxes asked his Persian peeps for advice, then threw them out and asked Artemisia what he should do.

Posted on 10-11-18 | Permalink

8.102 She suggested he withdraw and leave Mardonius to it. If M. succeeded, Xerxes would get the credit. If he failed, it wasn't a big deal.

Posted on 10-12-18 | Permalink

8.103 Xerxes was delighted since that's what he wanted to do anyway. He sent her off & had her take some of his kids back  to Ephesus w/her.

Posted on 10-13-18 | Permalink

8.104 He sent his favorite eunuch, Hermotimus, off w/them too. H. was from Pedasa. The priestess of Athena there occasionally grows a beard.

Posted on 10-14-18 | Permalink

8.105 Hermotimus achieved the greatest vengeance I know of. As a boy, he'd been captured, castrated, and sold as a eunuch by one Panionius.

Posted on 10-15-18 | Permalink

8.106 H ran into Panionius, tricked him into bringing his family to him, then forced him to castrate his 4 sons, & the sons to castrate dad.

Posted on 10-16-18 | Permalink

8.107 After sending his kids off, Xerxes told Mardonius to pick his troops. That night, his ships left Phalerum, bound for the Hellespont.

Posted on 10-17-18 | Permalink

8.108 The next day the Greeks sailed after the Persians. They debated going to the Hellespont to wreck the bridges. Eurybiades was opposed.

Posted on 10-18-18 | Permalink

8.109 Themistocles wanted to destroy the bridges, but in public he supported E's position: best not to prevent Xerxes from leaving Europe.

Posted on 10-19-18 | Permalink

8.110 The Athenians thought Themistocles wise. Meanwhile, he sent a messenger to tell Xerxes he'd kept the Greeks from wrecking the bridges.

Posted on 10-20-18 | Permalink

"Tweeting Herodotus, or recasting The History for the digital age"

Press release

Herodotus Timemap (see for maps)

Macaulay's trans. with facing Greek

Browse tweets by book
Or click here to find a specific section.

1534 of 1534 sections posted: