Delian League


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Delian League

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Delian Confederacy

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(Historical Terms) an alliance of ancient Greek states formed in 478–77 bc to fight Persia

Delian League

A confederacy of Greek city-states led by Athens against Persia.
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The pathology they feared was that the American union would become like the Athenian-led Delian League, a tyranny of one state over the others, or would descend into anarchy among its members as foreign powers exploited their internal divisions, as happened to the Delian League when Persia intervened at the end of the Peloponnesian War.
The army is led by the statesman Pericles and has come to take away the treasury of the Delian League, the defense fund of the Greeks against the Persian Empire.
Tribute exacted from the 200 member states of the Delian League funded Pericles' ship-building program and built the Parthenon.
Particularly enlightening is Rahe's focus on the Spartan's subjugation and enslaving of the neighboring Messenians and the formation of the "Spartan Alliance," later expanded to the Peloponnesian League that would face down Persia and the Delian League alike (106-20).
He recalled that the period of Athenian decadence in Ancient Greece began with the break up of the agreements reached by 150 city-states integrated into the Delian League.
The Greeks were fighting the Persians for large parts of the 5th century (Prior 2006:29; Pomeroy et al 2008: 220) and had formed the Delian League under Athenian leadership (Hornblower 2002:11-15).
Athens came into conflict with Sparta because it exploited the Delian League for its own benefit.
Narrator B: Athens was also a strong military power, leading an alliance of city-states called the Delian League.
This edition incorporates new scholarship and more on the Delian League and the Athenian Empire, more sources, and extended discussion of the growth of Athenian imperialism towards Samos, Mytilene, and Melos.
Pericles was accused of inappropriate use of tax revenue, tribute, and Delian League funds for construction of the Parthenon.
The pods of fifth-century BC Athens, usually taken as the progenitor of modern democracy, converted the Delian League from an alliance of city-states into an empire, while the Roman Republic embarked on a series of expansionist wars that led to the domination of the Italian peninsula, Iberia, Macedonia, Asia Minor, North Africa and Gaul; indeed, even under the Roman imperium, Rome continued to describe itself as the Res Publica or Republic.
In 487 BC was created the first European defensive alliance, the Delian League which had as main objective the security of the Greek world.