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Peloponnesian War

Thucydides book the History of the Peloponnesian War is a well written work of art. It is lacking a bit when it comes to historical accuracy but still has historical uses. It is an interesting and fun book to read but is lacking when is comes to specific events and speeches. Thucydides had to give up historical accuracies to create a long lasting book. He admits that he would like his book to last through the ages. "My work is not designed to meet the taste of the immediate public, but was...

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Peloponnesian War and Spartan Warriors

it rose to become the dominant military land-power in ancient Greece. Given its military pre-eminence, Sparta was recognized as the overall leader of the combined Greek forces during the Greco-Persian Wars. Between 431 and 404 BC, Sparta was the principal enemy of Athens during the Peloponnesian War, from which it emerged victorious, though at great cost. Sparta's defeat by Thebes in the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC ended Sparta's prominent role in Greece. However, it maintained its political independence...

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Analysis of The History of The Peloponnesian War, By Thucydides

 In Thucydides’, The History of The Peloponnesian War, there are many themes that are illustrated throughout various passages. One major theme can be found in book 2, chapter 53, where Thucydides describes the situation in Athens after it had been stricken with plague during the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides uses his account of the plague to suggest that war is a violent teacher. Among other passages in his work he also suggests that in war, no matter how wealthy and prepared the participants may...

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Systematic Rationalization of Thucydides' Peloponnesian War

Systematic Rationalization of Thucydides' Peloponnesian War The Peloponnesian War, being one of the earliest wars with a good historical record, sets an important precedent for those interested in international relations. The information related by Thucydides in his writings on the war allows comparisons to be drawn with modern wars and conclusions to be drawn. One of the most important of these conclusions that may be drawn is that, like in modern times, the balance of power between states in...

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Spartans Vs. Athenians: The Peloponnesian War

three-thousand Athenians ready their bows and release them all simultaneously while the string whips in the hard rain? The Peloponnesian War was one of the most fierce wars in Greece because many people fell in battle. From the South were the Spartans. Their forces had never been stronger with a reformed, military-based government. From the North was the Athenians who had just been through a war that had been won, and were still armed and battle ready, holding fortresses across Greece. The interactions that...

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Sparta Vs. Athens: Peloponnesian War

Greek city-states fought together in the Greco-Persian war, but when the Persians retreated, tension rose. Athens gained more power than they needed, plunging the two cities into nearly three decades of war. The outcome was devastating. Although Sparta won, they were extremely demoralized. Athens was bankrupt and exhausted, and neither city regained the military strength they once had. This infamous conflict came to be known as the Peloponnesian War. Sparta was an important part of Greece during the...

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Peloponnesian War Analysis

The Peloponnesian war was a war of ancient Greece, (431 BC-404 BC) fought between the leading city-state of Athens and Sparta, along with their allies, resulting in the transfer of hegemony from Athenian to Sparta. The fundamental cause of the war was the Spartan fear of Athenian imperialism. These two powers have asymmetrically different military strengths. The Athenians and their allies relied on its Navy, while Sparta and their alliance relied on a strong army. Pericles led the Athenians and Archidamus...

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The Peloponnesian War

History of the Peloponnesian War is a detailed account chronicling the conflict between two rival states, Athens and Sparta. Tension between the clashing states began in 431 B.C., which led to an ancient war between Athens and Sparta, ending with the defeat of Athens 27 years later. This was a war between the greatest land power (the Spartans) and the great naval power of the Athenians. Writing in real-time, Thucydides applied logic and reason when explaining the causes and reasons for the war, introducing...

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Persian wars and the Peloponnesian war

The affect of The Peloponnesian and Persian Wars on the Greeks position in the Ancient World The Peloponnesian War, that took place from (431-404 B.C.), was fought between the Athenians and the Spartans. The Persian Wars, which took place from (499-448 B.C.), were caused from the Persians attempts to conquer the Greek city-states. These wars affected the Greek position in the ancient world and caused the downfall of Athens. The Peloponnesian War was very intense and lasted from (431-404 B.C...

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Why Did Athens Lose the Peloponnesian Wars? What Impact Did the Wars Have on Greece?

Why did Athens lose the Peloponnesian Wars? What impact did the wars have on Greece? A good portion of blame for Athens losing the Peloponnesian Wars can be laid at the feet of two men: Alcibiades and the Spartan king, Lysander. Alcibiades was the nephew of Pericles. He was very charismatic and the young people of Athens loved him. But he had a glaring flaw; he lost his parents at a young age and became something of a sociopath, not caring what his deeds resulted in. As stated before...

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