Athens and the Peloponnesian War

Overview

The Peloponnesian War (431–404 B.C.) between Athens and Sparta was a war unparalleled in Greek history for its length and intensity. Wars in ancient Greece were typically short and fought to settle border disputes. Even the battles of the Persian War, while grand in scale, were only episodic. By the end of the Peloponnesian War, Sparta and its allies were victorious, and the Athenian Golden Age came to an end.

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Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, Fresno. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University. In 2007, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2008, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. He is a columnist for National Review Online and Tribune Media Services, and has published in several publications, including Commentary, the Claremont Review of Books, The New Criterion, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of numerous books, including The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, and The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.