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Phase Ia

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Completed in about four years from 460s, the phase Ia Long Walls structures physically connected the asty with the port cities of Phaleron and Piraeus. In subsequent years, the Athenians controlled sufficient sea power to justify incorporating the structures in their plans for defending Athens. Dating the beginning of work on the Long Walls (Ia) depends on reports in Thucydides, Aischines, and Plutarch. The construction of the phase Ia Long Walls is frequently assigned to one or more years between 461 and 456. Dating the initiation of work on the Long Walls (Ia) before the ostracism of Kimon runs counter to the prominent modern belief that the Athenians built those structures only after providing Megara with Long Walls in the late 460s.

Keywords:Aischines; Athens; Kimon; Long Walls; Phaleron; Piraeus; Plutarch; Thucydides



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