From: Kevin W. Woodruff (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Sep 03 2000 - 14:31:52 EDT
During the Second Peloponnesian War:
When the Spartan army left the Peloponnesus and attacked Attica, the
Athenian army retreated behind the long walls that enclosed Athens and
Spartans ravaged Attica, destroying crops and farms, but they could not
breach the great walls and sack Athens; meanwhile, the Athenians, secure
behind their walls, received their supplies by sea, where the Athenian navy
was invincible. The Athenian navy even took the war to the Peloponnesus, raiding
the cities and destroying the crops of Sparta and its allies. Because the
enemies were evenly matched but mutually invincible-the Athenians could not
be defeated at sea, nor the Spartans on land-this strange war lasted for
decades. Then, just two years ago, disaster struck Athens. In 405 B. C.
the Spartan navy caught most of the Athenian navy drawn up on the shore at
Aegospotami and destroyed it; the Spartan navy now controlled the Aegean. It
blockaded Piraeus, preventing ships from docking there and supplying Athens.
Now the Spartan army, camped beyond the walls of Athens and Piraeus, simply
for the Athenians to starve. For a year, they did; finally, they
surrendered in April of 404 B. C. The terms of surrender led to the
dismantling of the long walls connecting Piraeus and Athens. (No longer
could the Athenians hide from the Spartan army behind fortifications).
Hope this helps
At 12:23 PM 9/3/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>i apologize to the list for this....
>did the city of athens have a wall? and was the city surrounded and
>conquered by the Spartans after a breach of that wall?
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