Wiki Wednesday #9

30 05 2007

Yes, I’m still at this.

1.) Go to Wikipedia.
2.) Click on “Random article.”
3.) Report on the outcome.

This week’s result:

Artapanus

Artapanus was a Persian General under Xerxes I. According to Ctesias’ Persica, Artapanus led the first wave of Persians against the Spartan force at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. Although he led a force of 10,000 men, they were routed by the 300 Spartan defenders.

Artapanus is not mentioned by name in Herodotus’ history of the battle.

Well, that’s actually a little bit interesting. I was a history major, after all, so I’m apt to find this kind of thing interesting, though. The next time I’m describing some spectacular loss—like being routed by the famous 300 at Thermopylae—I might even remember Artapanus’s name.

But no one else will have any idea who or what I’m going on about. And they’ll wonder about me. This is knowledge I may have to keep to myself.

Sigh.

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