The Start of the Peloponnesian War

Sorry, you’re just going to have to put up with self going on about ancient Greece and the Athenians and the Peloponnesians for a while because self is only on Book II (out of eight)

Can you believe summer’s over? And she didn’t even get to go to Cal Shakes. Not once.

Anyhoo, the Peloponnesian advance is extremely slow. So slow that the Athenians have plenty of time to have its people evacuate to the city (and they managed to take a lot of their property with them) The Peloponnesians got stuck at a border town called Oenoe which, being a border town, was of course walled. They were led by a man named Archidamus.

. . . after he had assaulted Oenoe, and every possible attempt to take it had failed, as no herald came from Athens, he at last broke up his camp and invaded Attica. This was about eighty days after the Theban attempt upon Plataea, just in the middle of summer, when the corn was ripe and Archimadus son of Zeuxidamus, king of Lacedaemon, was in command.

— the peloponnesian war, book II

Self just loves this sentence: “This was about eighty days after the Theban attempt upon Plataea, just in the middle of summer, when the corn was ripe . . .”

SWOON!


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