Peloponnesian War Essays

  • Peloponnesian War Essay

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    The Peloponnesian War was the longest war in Greek history. The rivalry between Athens and Sparta was bound to lead to the Great War it came to be. Both sides were left a disaster. Athens was the highly favored out of the two. Athenians had an immense level of power of Greece and the region of the Mediterranean for fifty years before the war begin. According to Thucydides, Athens became the ultimate empire having power as the leader of the Delian League. (Hunt, Pg.100) Athens was superior and had

  • The Peloponnesian War: The Battle Of Marathon

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    The Athenians regarded the wars against Persia as their greatest and most characteristic moment. However The events that take place between the defeat of Darius constant tension with sparta would soon lead to the peloponnesian war. The battle of Marathon (490 BC), is definitely one of the greatest battles to affect greek history. Had the Athenians lost, all culture of what we may know of greece would be lost if it weren 't for Themistocles. Themistocles was the person who developed the most advanced

  • Peloponnesian War Research Paper

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    The Peloponnesian War The Peloponnesian war like most wars started because one nation was scared that another nation was getting too powerful. In this situation those two nations or city-states were Athens and Sparta. Both of these city-states were once very good friends, they had actually fought side by side during the War between Greece and Persia. Most of what we know about this war comes from Thucydides, who was around when the war was happening. (Lendering, "Peloponnesian War"). During

  • Why Did Athens Lose The Peloponnesian War

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    In 404 B.C., Athens lost the Peloponnesian War against Sparta, but what if this never happened? One of the factors that eventually led to Athen's demise was a plague that erupted and killed one-third of Athen's population. If this plague never occurred and Athens won the war, Greek history would be very different. Athens and the rest of Greece might have become a world power, and present day life would be drastically different. Note: WHICH ONE IS BETTER? Tensions first arose between Athens and Sparta

  • Peloponnesian War Causes

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    Brett McCormick Exam 1 The Peloponnesian War The Peloponnesian War occurred between the years from 431 to 404 BC. It was a historical ancient Greek war which was fought in Athens by Athenians and its entire empire against Sparta which led the Peloponnesian League. In order to fully understand the causes of the war, it is important first to know the principle parties that were involved in the war. The Peloponnesian War involved two principle groups which were the Peloponnesian states, Sparta and Athens

  • Athens Defeat In A Peloponnesian War

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    The Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens is truly a war like no other, pitting the two great super-powers of Greece against each other. When one looks at the resources and the experiences of both Sparta and Athens, it seems almost certain that Athens would come out victorious. However this would not be Athens’ outcome. To great Athenian surprise, the Spartans emerged victorious in 404 BC. There are many factors and intricacies that led to a Spartan victory. This paper will focus on the four

  • Why Did The Peloponnesian War Start?

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    How Did The Peloponnesian War Start? By Molly M Deen Thesis! The Peloponnesian War started because the Spartans were jealous of the wealth and power the Athens had. What Was The Peloponnesian War? The Peloponnesian War was a war against Sparta and Athens because Sparta was jealous of the wealth and power Athens had. Athens Athens was a great city in Ancient Greece, with great power and wealth. Athens was named after the great god Athena. Her shrine, the Parthenon, lies

  • How Did Sparta Prevent The Peloponnesian War?

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    It is difficult to say whether or not the Peloponnesian War could have been prevented, had Sparta adopted a democratic constitution. However, given that the war was essentially a struggle for power between Athens and Sparta, the removal of ideological differences alone would most likely not have been enough to avert the conflict. As stated by Thucydides, in his History of the Peloponnesian War: “The real cause I consider to be the one which was formally most kept out of sight. The growth of the power

  • Peloponnesian War Analysis

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    Due to the schism between, “hawks” and “doves” in foreign policy, the pursuit of peace is perceived as just and the pursuit of war as unjust. This dynamic aims to prevent the injustices that can come out of war, but it ignores those that persist in peace. The simplification of this relationship fails to consider that the motivations and aims of war can help to justify its righteousness and create stability that upholds principles of justice. The conflict between these virtues of justice and peace

  • Ajax In The Peloponnesian War

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    In the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Pericles argues that actions which are not informed by reasoned talk, speeches, dialogue, or deliberation are not actions worth taking and will ultimately lead to the downfall of Athens. Sophocles’ Ajax is, in some ways, a challenge to Pericles’ claim. Ajax the character is the practical “man of action,” the brave and heroic warrior, whose authority is not rooted in lofty speeches or thoughtful dialogue, but rather in combat, where he always

  • Honor In The Peloponnesian War

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    For better or worse, war is a part of human nature (Walzer, 337). Throughout history, men have taken up arms against one another; initially in individual combat, as society progressed in tribal battles, and eventually in international war. Prussian philosopher, Immanuel Kant theorized that the “unsocial sociability” of mankind brings people together as a society but also drives them apart. The basic human need to be with others creates great societies, however the essential need for balance leads

  • The Peloponnesian Civil War: An Analysis

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    Thucydides was an Athenian historian that wrote The History of the Peloponnesian War. His account of the conflict is considered a classic and is one of the earliest works of history. When analyzing his work, there are multiple ways to view it. It can be looked at as an objective piece of history that attempts to record the events that unfolded. But it can also be seen as a piece of literature that tries to tell a story and evoke emotion through symbolism rather than be a historical recording. Either

  • The Realist Theory Of Realism And The Peloponnesian War

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    seek to maximize their security and chances of survival.[10] Cooperation between states is a way to maximize each individual state 's security (as opposed to more idealistic reasons). Similarly, any act of war must be based on self-interest, rather than on idealism. Many realists saw World War II as the vindication of their theory. Realists argue that the need for survival requires state leaders to distance themselves from traditional morality. Realism taught American leaders to focus on interests

  • Thucydides: The Causes Of The Peloponnesian War

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    The ancient historian, Thucydides, a realist and aristocrat by birth, gave the world The History of the Peloponnesian War, but with a questionably biased view of the happenings of the 5th century BC, specifically the causes of the Peloponnesian War and the key personality(s) that played an influential role to the end result, a deep understanding of his writing style and attitude towards history must be learnt to allow for his work to be viewed as a credible source. The writing itself was the most

  • Thucydides Grievances

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    sides of the conflict, a comprehensive account of the Peloponnesian War. Book 1 in Thucydides’ “History of the Peloponnesian War” is dedicated to explaining over fifty years of the events and proceedings that led to the abandonment of the Thirty Year’s Peace and subsequent war. In Book 1 he identifies four main incidents, which I shall refer to as ‘grievances’, regarding the conduct of Athens towards both their Delian members and the Peloponnesian allies. Yet he also mentions what he deems to be a

  • Sophocles Oedipus The King

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    Oedipus the King was written during the same period as the Peloponnesian War between the Athenians and the Spartans from 431-404 B.C (Straus 5). In the play, Sophocles alludes to the plague of Athens as the plague of Thebes that had occurred amidst the Peloponnesian War. He introduces the audience to this catastrophic plague in an exchange between Oedipus and the priest: “Our city reeks with the smoke of burning

  • Spartan Hegemony

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    Krissy Wetzel The Spartan Hegemony and Their Fierce War Tactics The Spartans have long been fantasized as fearsome great warriors throughout history. They were known for their brutality in war and never giving into defeat. They were also feared and revered by all and most of the other societies would not dare cross their path. The other societies knew not to mess with the Spartans because of how fearsome their reputation was. The Spartan hegemony became so successful due to its innovations in military

  • Comparing Women In Aristophanes Lysistrata And Homer's Odyssey

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    ultimately wanted to end the Peloponnesian War, she knew the only way to do so was to take advantage of the Men. Men were dying day after day because of this war and Lysistrata had enough, she wanted to end it. Lysistrata decided to take a stand; she voiced her plan to

  • Ancient City Of Byzantium Essay

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    city to stop the grain flow to Athens. Its prosperous economy benefited Athens, and because of this the city had been made part of the Delian League; however, the high tributes the city had to pay to Athens --- and the fact that Athens was losing the war --- forced them to switch sides to Sparta in 411 BCE. The Spartan general Clearchus easily seized the city. This switch allowed Sparta to stop vital grain shipments through the Strait to Athens. When the Athenian leader Alcibiades outwitted the Spartans

  • Age Of Pericles Essay

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    Positions within each branch provided new opportunities to all citizens of Athens. The Assembly consisted of men that came to vote on subjects of government. They voted on war, foreign policies, laws, and ostracization of citizens. The group decision was decided by a simple majority vote. They could also serve in the Council of 500, men who came from the ten tribes of Athens and voted on what would be brought to the Assembly’s