Paper Title

[1.1] The Origins of the Archidamian War

Location

IB 1014

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

History | Philosophy | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The Archidamian War (c. 431-421 BCE) was the first part of the Second Peloponnesian War in Greece. For the purposes of my research, I am looking at the political origins of the war, emphasizing the role of Corinth. Corinth, I feel, has been very underestimated as far as their manipulation of events that led to the outbreak of the war. A prominent figure of the Peloponnesian League (Spartan alliance) it was politically beneficial for Corinth to try and undercut Athenian dominance in Greece, and particularly their naval control over the Aegean. Corinth, it is my opinion, hoped to take advantage of the increasing hostilities in Greece to further their own self-interests. My focus is on the time period from c. 446 BCE with the signing of the Thirty Years’ Peace, up until the Spartan Assembly of c. 431 BCE with the ultimate declaration of war. Within my research there has been special consideration given to ancient authors, particularly Thucydides as the author of The History of the Peloponnesian War. The development of the historiography of the war over time is another important note, as it has seemingly become a mirrored debate over politics for the time in which the history was written in.

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[1.1] The Origins of the Archidamian War

IB 1014

The Archidamian War (c. 431-421 BCE) was the first part of the Second Peloponnesian War in Greece. For the purposes of my research, I am looking at the political origins of the war, emphasizing the role of Corinth. Corinth, I feel, has been very underestimated as far as their manipulation of events that led to the outbreak of the war. A prominent figure of the Peloponnesian League (Spartan alliance) it was politically beneficial for Corinth to try and undercut Athenian dominance in Greece, and particularly their naval control over the Aegean. Corinth, it is my opinion, hoped to take advantage of the increasing hostilities in Greece to further their own self-interests. My focus is on the time period from c. 446 BCE with the signing of the Thirty Years’ Peace, up until the Spartan Assembly of c. 431 BCE with the ultimate declaration of war. Within my research there has been special consideration given to ancient authors, particularly Thucydides as the author of The History of the Peloponnesian War. The development of the historiography of the war over time is another important note, as it has seemingly become a mirrored debate over politics for the time in which the history was written in.