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.


9.97 The Persians drew their ships up on shore near a temple of Demeter and built a stockade, prepared either for a siege or for a victory.

Posted on 02-28-19 | Permalink

9.96 The Greeks sailed to Samos & prepared to fight at sea. Wanting to avoid this, the Persians decided to beach their ships & build a fort.

Posted on 02-27-19 | Permalink

9.95 So Deïphonus was this guy's son--supposedly. I've heard that he wasn't, though, and that he just pretended he was so he could get work.

Posted on 02-26-19 | Permalink

9.94 He was given, per his suggestion, the two best estates in Apollonia, and from that day onward he also had a natural gift for prophecy.

Posted on 02-25-19 | Permalink

9.93 The next day the Greek seer Deïphonus sacrificed. His dad had been blinded for letting wolves kill 60 sacred sheep. He got reparations.

Posted on 02-24-19 | Permalink

9.92 The men swore oaths of alliance & sailed away, but Leotychides had Hegesistratus sail with his own men because of the omen of his name.

Posted on 02-23-19 | Permalink

9.91 L. asked one of the men his name. Learning it was Hegesistratus [leader of the army], he agreed to go, but had them 1st swear an oath.

Posted on 02-22-19 | Permalink

9.90 The Persians lost at Mycale on the same day as Plataea. The Samians had sent men to Leotychides at Delos to urge him to sail to Ionia.

Posted on 02-21-19 | Permalink

9.89 Meanwhile, Artabazus and his men made their way through Greece, Macedon, and Thrace (where many were killed), and crossed to Asia.

Posted on 02-20-19 | Permalink

9.88 They came to terms. Attaginus escaped, though his children were captured. Pausanias released them but had the medizers executed.

Posted on 02-19-19 | 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: