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A Re-Examination Of The Chremonidean War

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The Chremonidean War was an important event in the history of Greece in the third century BC, but like most of the history of the third century, it is extremely poorly documented. We have two very brief accounts of the war, in Pausanias 3.6.4-6 and Justin 26.2. Pausanias 1.7.3 tells us that Ptolemy Philadelphos' admiral Patroklos came to rescue Athens, but failed to achieve anything worthwhile. While the literary evidence on the Chremonidean War does not enable us to write a detailed history of it, inscriptions and archaeological evidence have been discovered which add a considerable amount of new information on the war. The most important inscription is the decree, moved by the Athenian politician Chremonides, from whom the war has received its name, which created the alliance between Athens and Sparta which led to the outbreak of the war.

Keywords: Chremonidean War; Greece; Justin; Pausanias



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