By the time when the mines at maronea were discovered

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outcome of the imminent war. By the time when “the mines at Maronea were discovered, and the city had a surplus of one hundred talents from the workings” (Aristotle, pg. 11) Athens had the excess of money to build one hundred triremes. Doubtless, compare to the past this time the navy had military advantages; whereby, thus who bear arms were fighting on the deck with full might, while the peasants essentially rowed the boats. Eventually, these actions decided the outcome of the war that brought Athens its power through the amount of fleet and naval personnel controlled by them. Besides, when Aristides came to power, Athens faced the redistribution of wealth 5 | P a g e
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coming from the Delian League instead of aristocrats which ended the lasting issue of the past, leading the prosperity and creation of an Athenian Empire. III Lastly, I will discuss aspects of the life of Pericles and Alcibiades; also, the struggle between aristocratic to democratic societies during the time of Peloponnesian War. At the beginning when Pericles was rising to power, he had faced a powerful adversary named Cimon with the remarkable wealth whom he could not subdue quickly. Mainly because of the public support coming from Cimon's recognition for helping the poor, by proving every citizen in need with free dinner, elderly with clothes, and access to the harvest of his estate. (Plutar, pg. 174) Over the time Pericles had managed to overcome his reputation, eventually ostracizing Cimon "on the charge of being a friend of Sparta and an enemy of the people’s interests." Doubtless, his intentions had failed over the fact of Cimon's achievements during the Persian war, eventually turning the public against himself whereby he was denounced "for squandering public money and letting the national revenue run to waste” (Plutarch, pg. 181). Nevertheless, throughout the use of psychological reasoning, Pericles had managed to win the argument in his favor and granted the control over the public funds used for the construction of buildings and the walls around Athens. When the Peloponnesian war broke down in Greek world at first, Pericles was favored for his winning outcomes in many naval battles. Mostly, due to his instincts and reasoning. Pericles was “renowned above all for his wariness” (Plutarch, pg. 185) which refers to the fact that he was never engaged in battles that seemed too dangerous or risky. However, his downfall had come from the decision of the past which involved the walls during the times of a plague. At this time some Athenians were blaming Pericles as being "the one who persuaded 6 | P a g e
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them to go to war, and they had fallen into misfortunes because of him” (Thucydides, pg 102). Also, later in the defeat that came in years of 429 when Spartans from three sides surrounded the city, leaving Athens with the only access to the shores without any navy to fight back.
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