Peloponnesian War

(redirected from Athenian War)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

Peloponnesian War

n
(Historical Terms) a war fought for supremacy in Greece from 431 to 404 bc, in which Athens and her allies were defeated by the league centred on Sparta
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Peloponnesian War - a war in which Athens and its allies were defeated by the league centered on Sparta; 431-404 BC
Aegospotami, Aegospotamos - a river in ancient Thrace (now Turkey); in the mouth of this river the Spartan fleet under Lysander destroyed the Athenian fleet in the final battle of the Peloponnesian War (404 BC)
References in periodicals archive ?
Many scholars acknowledge that Athenian war strategy was primarily a maritime strategy and that Sparta only defeated Athens once the former had embraced the use of sea power against the latter.
At the end of a speech which the historian Thucydides put into the mouth of Pericles on behalf of the Athenian war dead, the statesman observed that the highest glory for a woman is to be spoken of neither in praise nor in blame.
The Athenian war effort was left in the hands of Chares.