Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Fastest Messaging System in 500 BC

The Greek historian, Herodotus, wrote that Persia (Iran) was using mounted dedicated couriers during the Persian Wars, from 500-449 BC. Herodotus was quite taken by this messaging process. It was most likely the fastest communication process of its day and stood out as being something extraordinary. 

Herodotus wrote,
"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  

Later, this same communication model was used in the USA (aka Pony Express) and later, this same motto was used by the US Postal Service on their buildings, some 2500 years after it was recorded.

Interesting, huh?

It seems the Persians of long ago realized the importance of fast messaging and built a system to make sure their communication was the fastest and most reliable of its day. This probably helped them win many of their wars. 

For Herodotus, a Greek (who was at war with Persia/Iran), this must have really stood out as one of the game changers since he commented about it in his book.