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date: 01 October 2023


, Spartan admiral


, Spartan admiral
  • Stephen Hodkinson


Spartan admiral who succeeded and quarrelled with *Lysander in 406 bce. After cowing *Lysander's partisans and refusing to wait for Persian money, he assembled a large fleet (140–170 ships) from Greek resources, defeating and blockading an Athenian fleet under *Conon (1) at Mytilene. He drowned in his subsequent defeat by the Athenian relief fleet off the *Arginusae islands. Later sources applaud his forthright manner and ‘*panhellenism’, contrasting him favourably with Lysander; *Xenophon (1) depicts him as blustering and militarily impetuous, underrating his contribution in stretching Athens’ resources to the limit.


  • Greek History and Historiography

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