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.


9.87 Nineteen days into the siege Timagenidas told the Thebans he was willing to surrender himself. They approved and contacted Pausanias.

Posted on 02-18-19 | Permalink

9.86 Ten days after the battle the Greeks besieged Thebes, demanding they surrender the medizers, particularly Timagenidas and Attaginus.

Posted on 02-17-19 | Permalink

9.85 After they'd divided the spoils, the Greeks buried their dead, each people separately. Most buried all their dead in a single grave.

Posted on 02-16-19 | Permalink

9.84 The day after the battle, someone--I haven't been able to find out who--stole Mardonius' corpse and reportedly buried it.

Posted on 02-15-19 | Permalink

9.83 Long afterwards, the Plataeans would find gold & silver near the battlefield--also, weird skeletons, like that of a man 7.5 feet tall.

Posted on 02-14-19 | Permalink

9.82 Seeing Mardonius' luxurious tent, Pausanias had M's cooks make the sort of meal they'd have made for him--a far cry from Spartan fare.

Posted on 02-13-19 | Permalink

9.81 They dedicated 1/10 of the booty each to the gods at Delphi, Olympia, & the Isthmus. Paus. got 10 of everything. The rest was divided.

Posted on 02-12-19 | Permalink

9.80 Pausanias ordered that the booty from the Persian camp and from the corpses be gathered. No one should take anything for themselves.

Posted on 02-11-19 | Permalink

9.79 Pausanias told him that such an act was more fitting for barbarians than Greeks, and he should not make a suggestion like that again.

Posted on 02-10-19 | Permalink

9.78 An Aeginetan suggested to Pausanias after the battle that he impale Mardonius' head on a stake like the Persians had done to Leonidas.

Posted on 02-09-19 | Permalink

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