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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 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 ywrfnu 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."
You can follow Herodotus' progress on his Twitter account at http://twitter.com/