The End of the Athenian Challenge
This chapter analyzes the contest at Mantineia, which was considered “the greatest battle” to have taken place in the Hellenic world. It recounts how the Spartans acquitted themselves of both the charge of malakía, lodged against them by the Hellenes as a consequence of the disaster on Mantineia, as well as the charge of aboulia and bradutēs. It also looks into the intent of Laconizers to overthrow the Argive democracy and persuade their compatriots to accept a treaty of peace and an alliance. The chapter talks about the renunciation of confederacy that linked Lacedaemonians with the Mantineians, Eleans, and Athenians in order to contract an alliance with Sparta. It also mentions how Mantineians gave up their little empire and made terms with the Lacedaemonians.
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