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Sparta's First Attic War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 478-446 B.C.

Paul A. Rahe


During the Persian Wars, Sparta and Athens worked in tandem to defeat what was, in terms of relative resources and power, the greatest empire in human history. For the decade and a half that followed, they continued their collaboration until a rift opened and an intense, strategic rivalry began. This book examines the grounds for their alliance, the reasons for its eventual collapse, and the first stage in an enduring conflict that would wreak havoc on Greece for six decades. Throughout, the book argues that the alliance between Sparta and Athens and their eventual rivalry were extensions of t ... More

Keywords: Sparta, Athens, Persian Wars, domestic policy, Greece

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300242614
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A. Rahe, author
Western Heritage at Hillsdale College