The Fall of the Athenian Empire (A New History of the Peloponnesian War)

By Donald Kagan

In the fourth and ultimate quantity of his magisterial background of the Peloponnesian warfare, Donald Kagan examines the interval from the destruction of Athens' Sicilian excursion in September of 413 B.C. to the Athenian quit to Sparta within the spring of 404 B.C. via his research of this final decade of the warfare, Kagan evaluates the functionality of the Athenian democracy because it confronted its such a lot critical problem. even as, Kagan assesses Thucydides' interpretation of the explanations for Athens’ defeat and the destruction of the Athenian Empire.

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20; Plut. Lys. 14-4; And. three. 1 1 . 198. 7°. 1 . 1 sixty four the autumn OF THE ATHENIAN EMPIRE excluded the traitorous renegade on any variety of grounds,20 yet "this could have marketed the lack of their wish of Persian reduction to be negotiated via Alcibiades, the bait initially held out to the peo­ ple. '>2 1 it'll even have widened the rift among the extremists, adverse to Alcibiades, and the moderates, heavily linked to him. the choice to not keep in mind any exiles appears to be like to were one other compromIse. From the start, a few individuals of the stream had anticipated the institution of a brand new regime in Athens to aid within the administration of the empire. they'd anticipated that information of the govt of the "better" humans (kaloi k'agathoi) in Athens and the provide of the same switch of presidency within the allied states might convey rebellious allies again into the fold and forestall destiny uprisings. 22 in regards to the heart of might, the conspirators despatched the final Dieitrephes to place down the democracy in Thasos. 2J while, on their approach from Samos to accomplish the coup at Athens, Peisander and his colleagues did an analogous factor in different different towns, might be Paros, Naxos, Andros, Tenos, and Carystus. 24 The scan badly dissatisfied the hopes of the Athenian oligarchs. In Thasos the newly put in , pro-Athenian oligarchy lasted not more than months. A band of exiles who past have been pushed from Thasos by means of the Athenians have been operating with the Peloponnesians to convey their local country into uprising, and so they came upon aid within it. As a part of a well-coordinated plan , the aris­ tocrats within the urban equipped partitions to guard opposed to an Athenian assault whilst that their neighbors within the Peloponnesian camp have been in a position to usher in a small fleet lower than the Corinthian commander Timolaus, which effected the uprising. faraway from making Thasos a extra trustworthy best friend, the institution of oligarchy there had purely made its defection more straightforward via abolishing the democracy that may have antagonistic it. 25 we've particular details simply approximately Thasos, however the event there turns out to were average . Thucydides expresses the enterprise opinion that "in Thasos occasions contradicted the expectancies of these Athenians 20Andrewes (HeT V , 1 eighty two) means that he could have been singled out for exclusion end result of the curse he incurred in the course of the alleged profanation of the mysteries, yet that might have concerned many others besides . 21 Andrewes, HeT V, 1 eighty two. "These hopes will be deduced from their caustic refutation via Phrynichus in eight. forty eight . five . "8. sixty four. 2 . For Dieitrephes, see HeT V, 1 fifty six- 1 fifty seven; for the date, 1 fifty seven- 1 fifty eight. 248. sixty four. three ; HeT V, 1 6 I . "8. sixty four. five . Hell. Ory. 7 . four presents the proof for Timolaus. See additionally HeT V , 1 581 fifty nine· THE 400 IN energy 1 sixty five who have been setting up an oligarchy, and that i imagine it used to be an analogous in lots of different topic states. " we don't have any cause to doubt that he used to be correct. 26 The rebellion at Thasos happened in mid-July in which time it was once just one of numerous symptoms of the failed hopes and expectancies of the 400 in Athens.

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