Herodotus Uses Social Media To Share Ancient History With A Modern Audience

The "Father of History" is tweeting his History of the Persian Wars one section at a time
 
 
Herodotus of Halicarnassus
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Oct. 31, 2010 - PRLog -- Herodotus, who wrote his History of the Persian Wars in the 5th century B.C.E., is using social media to bring his story to a modern audience. He announced on his Twitter account (@iHerodotus) Friday that he would begin tweeting his History, one section per day, one tweet (he anticipates) per section. The project is expected to take almost five years: the last tweet should be posted in January of 2015.

Herodotus has already tweeted the first three sections (paragraph-sized chunks) of the first book of his History:

1.1 Herodotus here! Writing so we don't forget stuff, esp. the Persian Wars. The Persians say the Phoenicians started it by kidnapping Io.

1.2 Some Greeks then kidnapped Europa vytap from Phoenicia & Medea from Colchis. They refused to return Medea when her father, the king, demanded.

1.3 A generation later, Alexander/Paris carried off Helen. The Greeks demanded her back but the Persians refused, citing the Medea business.

Updates posted on Twitter can be no longer than 140 characters, a limitation Herodotus regards as a challenge: "Over the years people have called me garrulous, and not always kindly. Twitter's character limitation will require that I rein in my natural tendency to digress. I'll endeavor to do my best. Still, I reserve the right to use more than one tweet a day if I feel the text requires greater amplification." Depending on the length of the section he's working on, Herodotus will sometimes need to condense whole pages of text into tweet-sized posts.

You can follow Herodotus' progress on his Twitter account at http://twitter.com/iHerodotus. For people who prefer Facebook to Twitter, Herodotus will be cross-posting his tweets on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Herodotus/163931083629183
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