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By P J Rhodes

Alcibiades is among the most famed (or notorious) characters of Classical Greece. a tender Athenian aristocrat, he got here to prominence in the course of the Peloponnesian conflict (429-404 BC) among Sparta and Athens. Flamboyant, charismatic (and wealthy), this shut affiliate of Socrates persuaded the Athenians to try to face as much as the Spartans on land as a part of an alliance he was once instrumental in bringing jointly. even supposing this ended in defeat on the conflict of Mantinea in 418 BC, his status remained excessive. He used to be additionally a main mover in Athens' subsequent huge strategic gambit, the Sicilian day trip of 415 BC, for which he was once elected as one of many leaders. almost immediately after arrival in Sicily, notwithstanding, he used to be recalled to stand fees of sacrilege allegedly dedicated in the course of his pre-expedition reveling. leaping send at the go back trip, he defected to the Spartans.

Alcibiades quickly ingratiated himself with the Spartans, encouraging them to help the Sicilians (ultimately leading to the utter destruction of the Athenian excursion) and to maintain year-round strain at the Athenians. He then turns out to have overstepped the limits of hospitality via drowsing with the Spartan queen and used to be quickly at the run back. He then performed a devious and hazardous online game of moving loyalties among Sparta, Athens and Persia. He had a hand in engineering the overthrow of democracy at Athens in desire of an oligarchy, which allowed him to come back from exile, notwithstanding he then antagonistic the increasingly-extreme excesses of that regime. For a time he seemed to have restored Athens' fortunes within the warfare, yet went into exile back after being held chargeable for the defeat of 1 of his subordinates in a naval conflict. This time he took safe haven with the Persians, yet as they have been now allied to the Spartans, the cuckolded King Agis of Sparta used to be in a position to manage his assassination by way of Persian brokers.

There has been no complete size biography of this colourful and significant personality for 20 years. Professor Rhodes brings the authority of an across the world well-known professional within the box, making sure that it will be a really major addition to the literature on Classical Greece.


“…this remedy of Alcibiades through P. J. Rhodes, probably the most notable Greek historians of our time, is profitable in bringing the most fascinating and debatable characters to a much wider viewers in an clever demeanour that are meant to additionally turn out priceless as a lecture room textual content… with a masterful regulate of literary and epigraphic assets, he locations Alcibiades in his right context as an finally disastrous determine who used to be, although, profoundly winning in convincing his contemporaries―and posterity as a result―of his significance. This booklet is very important not just to the overall reader, yet as a lecture room textual content for upper-level classes. I may still upload that it additionally presents an exceptional precis of fifth-century political and army heritage; the inevitably shut insurance of the interval from 412-406 BC, that's fraught with controversy, is principally good.”
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