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
By: The Father of History
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)
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 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/