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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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A Fragile Truce

A Fragile Truce

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(p.228) Epilogue A Fragile Truce
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Sparta's First Attic War
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Paul A. Rahe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242614.003.0008

This concluding chapter discusses the agreement conducted between the Athenian diplomat Callias and the Spartans during the 440s. The resulting arrangement reflected an enduring balance of power. It acknowledged the facts and left the Spartans and their allies supreme on land and the Athenians supreme at sea. In the aftermath, neither was in a position to strike terror into the other. The Peloponnesus was once again a bastion of defense for Lacedaemon, and Athens retained her Long Walls, her maritime allies, and her great fleet. Furthermore, neither Sparta nor Athens nursed a grievance. Apart from Aegina and Naupactus and perhaps Molycreium to the north of the Corinthian Gulf and Chalcis to the west on the north shore of the Gulf of Patras, Athens relinquished everything that she had seized. None of her remaining acquisitions lay within Lacedaemon's natural sphere of influence; and, to head off possible objections on the part of the Spartans, she may even have reiterated that she would honor the autonomy of their sometime allies the Aeginetans.

Keywords:   Callias, truce, Athens, Sparta, diplomacy, peace treaty, Lacedaemon, Long Walls

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