The Peloponnesian War (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events by Lawrence Tritle

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By Lawrence Tritle

The Peloponnesian battle resonates with modern occasions like few different episodes in old historical past. notwithstanding a democracy, Athens warred with its pals for many years in a doomed bid to safe its Aegean and Mediterranean empire. The bold city-state's eventual gift was once defeat and tyrannical rule, successfully finishing Athens's Golden Age, which flourished throughout the conflict within the 5th century BC. now not coincidentally did Athens flourish economically, militarily, artistically, and philosophically throughout the 5th century BC. Empire created nice wealth, which supported the then novel democratic executive. Wealth additionally supported the humanities and letters. This was once the time of Socrates, Plato, Aristophanes, Perikles and Thucydides, figures whose works and musings on battle and its results are generally learn to this day.Designed as an obtainable advent to this immensely vital occasion, The Peloponnesian struggle deals readers and researchers an attractive mixture of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated fundamental files. an summary of the warfare is gifted, a presentation of Thucydides' account of the war's factors. a glance on the intertwined, a few could say poisoned, relation of democracy and empire is accessible, as are chapters on how the conflict was once represented in performs, statuary, and pottery. The ethics of warfare are delved into by way of detailing the lifestyles, teachings, and eventual dying of Socrates. And, significantly, a bankruptcy is dedicated to those that regularly undergo the dangerous outcome of struggle: girls. A word list of phrases is current, as is an annotated timeline, maps, valuable illustrations, an annotated bibliography, and an intensive index.

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1). Archidamos hoped that the Athenians might now finally talk as they could see that the Peloponnesian allies had not only mobilized for war but were moving. The Athenians, however, would not budge. This was largely the work of Perikles, who had persuaded the Athenians to enact a decree that upon Peloponnesian mobilization and movement, further negotiations would be barred. Melisippos was refused entry to the city and escorted to the borders of Attika, where he was sent on his way. 3). He was right.

Tritle. Nikias and Demosthenes were captured and executed, while the survivors of their armies were enslaved (see Document 6). 5). THE IONIAN WAR In fall 412, a sailor arrived in Athens' port, the Peiraeus, and went to the barber. As he was getting cleaned up, he remarked how tragic it was that so many Athenians had died in far-off Sicily. The barber dropped what he was doing and raced off to Athens to bring to city hall the first news of the defeat of the great Athenian armada. 2 The Athenians, however, were already reeling when this report arrived.

Kleon brought his Spartan captives to Athens where they were dangled before the Spartans as bait on a hook. Whenever there was a threat, whenever the Spartans tried to force concessions from the Athenians, the prisoners would be held as hostages to Spartan policy and good behavior. At this point a Spartan rarity made his way forward. Brasidas, as gifted and innovative a military commander as the Spartans ever produced, came forward with a plan to the ruling authorities in Sparta. Authorize an expedition to the northern Aegean, he claimed, and he could achieve such results that Athens would sue for peace and the hostages could be safely recovered.

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