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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8.123 The Greeks next went to the Isthmus to award prizes for valor. Each commander voted for himself 1st & thought Themistocles 2nd best.

Posted on 11-02-18 | Permalink

8.122 The Greeks sent stuff to Delphi, but the god demanded a greater prize from the Aeginetans. Hearing this, they dedicated 3 gold stars.

Posted on 11-01-18 | Permalink

8.121 The Greeks couldn't take Andros. They attacked Carystus, then returned to Salamis, divided the spoils, & made dedications to the gods.

Posted on 10-31-18 | Permalink

8.120 Also, Xerxes definitely stopped at Abdera en route, and it's closer to the Hellespont than the city from which he allegedly took ship.

Posted on 10-30-18 | Permalink

8.119 I don't believe it. For one thing, if Xerxes had made anyone jump overboard, it would've been the Phoenician rowers, not Persians.

Posted on 10-29-18 | Permalink

8.118 Some say Xerxes traveled from Thrace to Asia by sea & that he forced many Persians to jump overboard to lighten the boat in a storm.

Posted on 10-28-18 | Permalink

8.117 When the Persians got to the Hellespont, they found that their bridges had been wrecked (by a storm). They crossed the strait by boat.

Posted on 10-27-18 | Permalink

8.116 A Thracian king had forbidden his six sons to march against Greece. They went anyway. When they got back, dad gouged their eyes out.

Posted on 10-26-18 | Permalink

8.115 Xerxes marched with an army overland from Thrace to the Hellespont, his men starving and sick en route. Some had to be left behind.

Posted on 10-25-18 | Permalink

8.114 Per the advice of an oracle, the Spartans sent a herald to Xerxes demanding retribution for the death of Leonidas. Xerxes laughed.

Posted on 10-24-18 | Permalink

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