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Unformatted text preview: -Repel the invaders, Persians finally defeated at the battle of Plataea in 479 BCE-Lays the groundwork for the later formation of the Athenian Empire-After the war, Sparta and Athens both began to build up their own forces to strengthen their positions against each other-Sparta heads up the Peloponnesian League-Athens heads up the Delian League-Precursor to the later Peloponnesian Wars that tears Greece apart Thesis : The Persian Wars, although they temporarily strengthened the Greek nation, laid the groundwork for the formation of two rival empires the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, and the Delian League, led by Athens that eventually erupted into conflict in the Peloponnesian War which tore Greece apart....
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- Fall '07