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.

RETWEETING THE HISTORY AS OF 1/12/2015! You can follow the posts here or subscribe via RSS, Twitter or Facebook.

See also @iThucydides on Twitter, tweeting Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War as of 2/1/2015!

The Twitter Herodotus is now a book! Available in paperback or for Kindle.


9.6 The Athenians had crossed to Salamis when Mardonius was in Boeotia, and they complained to the Spartans as they hadn't yet sent an army.

Posted on 11-29-18 | Permalink

9.5 M's messenger spoke to Athens' councilors, one of whom suggested they consider the matter. The Athenians stoned him & his fam. to death.

Posted on 11-28-18 | Permalink

9.4 While in Athens, Mardonius sent a messenger to the Athenians at Salamis to offer an alliance on the same terms he'd offered before.

Posted on 11-27-18 | Permalink

9.3 But Mardonius yearned to take Athens a 2nd time. When he did, he found it deserted. This was 9 months after he'd first taken the city.

Posted on 11-26-18 | Permalink

9.2 When he got to Boeotia the Thebans suggested he make Thebes his base & that he take Greece w/o a fight by bribing various Greek leaders.

Posted on 11-25-18 | Permalink

9.1 When Mardonius received the Athenians’ response from Alexander, he set out against Athens from Thessaly, drafting more men en route.

Posted on 11-24-18 | Permalink

8.144 They assured the Spartans they would not prove traitor, declined their offer to take people in, and urged them to send an army ASAP.

Posted on 11-23-18 | Permalink

8.143 The Athenians told Alexander they would never come to terms with Xerxes, and that he should not come to them with such advice again.

Posted on 11-22-18 | Permalink

8.142 The Spartans urged the Athenians to reject Alex's advice, & they offered to take in Athens' women & kids for the duration of the war.

Posted on 11-21-18 | Permalink

8.141 The Spartans had heard Alexander was in Athens and sent envoys themselves, as they were worried the Athenians would ally with Xerxes.

Posted on 11-20-18 | Permalink

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