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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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The Peloponnesus in Flux

The Peloponnesus in Flux

(p.235) Chapter 7 The Peloponnesus in Flux
Sparta's Second Attic War

Paul A. Rahe

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes the promulgation of the Peace of Nicias and the institution of a bilateral defensive alliance between Sparta and Athens, which failed to put an end to their rivalry. It explains the re-emergence of anarchy in the Hellenic world in Peloponnesus, where Lacedaemon had for generations reigned supreme and directed affairs. The chapter traces in detail the breakdown of the inherited intercommunal order within the Peloponnesus. It puzzles over the conflicts and confusion to which the re-emergence of intercommunal anarchy gave rise. It also examines Argos' ancient antipathy to Lacedaemon and the figures of importance in that pólis who were decidedly unsympathetic to the Athenian cause.

Keywords:   Peace of Nicias, Sparta, Athens, Hellenic world, Peloponnesus, intercommunal anarchy, Argos, pólis

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