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Sparta's Second Attic WarThe Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 446-418 B.C.$
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Paul A. Rahe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300242621

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300242621.001.0001

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Mutual Exhaustion

Mutual Exhaustion

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(p.203) Chapter 6 Mutual Exhaustion
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Sparta's Second Attic War
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Paul A. Rahe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242621.003.0007

This chapter recounts the expedition conducted by Brasidas, son of Tellis, who made good with his promise of the Lacedaemonians' slogan “the freedom of the Greeks.” It talks about how the majority of the Lacedaemonians were weary of war, fearful of a helot revolt, eager to recover the men captured on Sphacteria, and ready to forge a peace. It also reviews how the Spartans' thirty years of peace with Argos came to an end within two years. The chapter discusses the prosperity of Lacedaemon's ancient enemy, the Argives, which were feared to enter the Peloponnesian War on the Athenian side. It looks into the negotiation of truce between Spartans and the Athenians in February or early March of 423.

Keywords:   Brasidas, Lacedaemonians, helot revolt, Sphacteria, Argos, Peloponnesian War, Athenian

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