An Elementary History of Greece; From the Earliest Times to the Death of Alexander the Great

An Elementary History of Greece; From the Earliest Times to the Death of Alexander the Great

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...war by Corinth, who promptly sent a squadron of her own ships, with contingents from her dutiful colonies of Ambracia and Leucas, to raise the blockade. This fleet was met off the cape of Actium by the Corcyraeans, and suffered a crushing defeat (autumn of 435). Epidamnus fell on the same day. Incensed at the check, the Corinthians resolved to put forth their full strength. They spent the whole of 434 in reorganizing their fleet. They equipped ninety vessels of their own, and collected sixty from their colonists and allies: such a fleet had never before been seen in the western seas, and the news of its nlobilization filled the Corcyraeans with despair. Seeing no other power that could help them, they sent ambassadors to Athens, and asked to be admitted into the con'ederacy, of which she was the head. When the news of their arrival reached Corinth, a counter-embassy was at once despatched. The Corinthians and Corcyraeans appeared before the Ecclesia on the same day, a most fateful one in the history of Athens. The plea of the Coreyraeans was a simple one: they pointed out that their navy was the second in Greece, and that if they fell under the power of Corinth, that state would be able to meet Athens at sea on equal terms. They urged hut war between Athens and the Peloponnesian confederacy must certainly break out some day--probably at no far distant date--and that it was all..important to each party to secure the aid of the Coreyraean vessels. They hinted that if Athens would make a treaty with them, there was little doubt that Corinth would abandon her project, rather than face the mistress of the seas: probably there would be no war at all. In their reply the Corinthians urged that the matter was a quarrel between mother and daughter, more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236858476
  • 9781236858474