Ancient History

What caused the Peloponnesian War?
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  1. The Peloponnesian War lasted from 431 to 404 B.C. It broke out because the two main rivals in Greece - Sparta and Athens - were vying for power. Sparta headed the Peloponnesian League, consisting of Sparta and its allies on the Peloponnesus peninsula. Athens headed an empire of city-states along the Aegean Sea. The Spartans had a strong army, and the Athenians had a strong navy. Aristocrats mainly identified with Sparta, but democrats supported Athens.

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