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!

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9.107 Some of the barbarians, not many, had fled to the heights of Mycale, among them Xerxes' bro Masistes. They made their way to Sardis.

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9.106 Later, in Samos, the Greeks debated abandoning Ionia/resettling its ppl. The Ath refused. The Ionians joined the Grk alliance instead.

Posted on 03-09-19 | Permalink

9.105 The best among the Greeks at Mycale were the Athenians, and the best Athenian was Hermolycus, who was a pancratiast [boxer/wrestler].

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9.104 The Milesians, ordered to guard the mtn passes for the Persians, instead helped the Greeks. Thus Ionia revolted for the second time.

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9.103 The Spartans now came up & joined the fight. The disarmed Samians & the other Ionians deserted the Persians and fought for the Greeks.

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9.102 The Athenians fought 1st (as the Spartans were delayed by the terrain). Eventually all the barbarians but the Persians took to flight.

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9.101 Not only were the battles at Plataea and Mycale on the same day, but they were also both fought close to sanctuaries of Demeter. 

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9.100 The Greeks advanced against the Persians. As they did a rumor spread among them--based on an omen--that the Greeks had won in Boeotia.

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9.99 The Greeks landed & formed 4 battle. The Persians disarmed the Samians lest they revolt & they had the Milesians guard the mtn passes.

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9.98 The Greeks followed the Persians to Mycale & found them deployed on shore. Leotychides sailed by & called out to the Ionians to desert.

Posted on 03-01-19 | Permalink

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