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Battle of Mantinea

Battles of Sparta
Battle of Mantinea
by Allen Parfitt

This article will discuss the events leading up to the Battle of Mantinea in 418 (all dates BC, of course) between the Spartans and their allies and the Argives, Mantineans, a few Athenians, and their allies. It is usually referred to as the first Battle of Mantinea, to distinguish it from a significant battle near the same place in 362. Mantinea was the largest hoplite battle of the Peloponnesian War, and had far-reaching consequences. Indeed, it is not too much to say that the victory made the Spartan triumph fourteen years later possible.
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