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Sparta's First Attic WarThe Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 478-446 B.C.$
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Paul A. Rahe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300242614

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300242614.001.0001

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Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

(p.83) Chapter 3 Shifting Sands
Sparta's First Attic War

Paul A. Rahe

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the turning point in Athenian–Spartan cooperation. During the early 460s, one dramatic development followed another. First, probably in 469, came Athens' stunning victory at Eurymedon and the news that she was in the process of negotiating an accord with the Persians. At about the same time, there came a grave crisis within the Spartan alliance, followed by a series of unsettling revelations made in quick succession which broke the Hellenic League even further apart. In circumstances such as these, those who took the lead in determining public policy within a polity were bound to pause and reflect. With Persia more or less off stage, the Delian League now seemed more like a threat than a bulwark of defense.

Keywords:   Hellenic League, Athenian–Spartan cooperation, Athens, Sparta

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