The Spartan Naval Empire, 412-394 B.C.

The Spartan Naval Empire, 412-394 B.C. by Ron Keeva Unz
Unpublished, Harvard University/Ernst Badian, March 23, 1982

In the summer of 478 B.C., Sparta abandoned her first attempt at naval empire. Spartans had had no history of naval excellence, but the overwhelming prestige of Sparta’s land forces and her place at the head of the Greek alliance against Persia had insured that Spartan admirals were chosen to lead the united Greek fleet during the Persian War. Eury
blades had commanded at Artemision and Salamis; King Leotychidas at Mykale.

  • Prologue
  • Chapter I: The Spartan Home Front
  • Chapter II: The Persian Perspective
  • Chapter III: The Ionian War and the Rise of the Spartan Naval Empire
  • Chapter IV: Sparta and her New Hegemony
  • Chapter V: Slipping into a War with Persia
  • Chapter VI: Agesilaos’ War
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: The Nature of the Evidence
  • Appendix B: The Selection of Ephors
  • Appendix C: Chronology
  • Notes to the Text
  • Notes to Appendices
  • Bibliography


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