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Sunday, April 21, 2019

090 - The Road to War



In this episode, we discuss the two events over 433/2 BC that led Pericles to claim that he could see war "coming out of the Peloponnese" (the Potidaea Revolt and the Megarian Embargo); the speeches given by the Corinthians, Spartans, and Athenians on the eve of war; and both sides' financial and military resources, war arms, and tactical strategies

Primary Sources: 
Thucydides' The History of the Peloponnesian War (Book 1)
Plutarch's Life of Pericles
Diodorus Siculus' The Library of History (Book 12)



Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)


History in the Making Episode 16 The Olympian has Fallen - "Athens and Corinth take the preemptive measure of fighting a battle to avoid a war. This works about as well as it sounds. A series of conferences afterwards determine the fate of Greece. Speeches are made, ships collide and the gods reconsider their relationship with Athens. This episode covers approximately 433 B.C. – 429 B.C."



Photo/Drawing of Socrates Saving Alcibiades at the Battle of Potidaea

File:Battle of Potidaea 431 BCE.jpg

Map/The Athenian Empire in 431 BC

File:Map athenian empire 431 BC-en.svg


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