The series of victories against Persian forces led to Athens becoming the

The series of victories against persian forces led to

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Persia. The series of victories against Persian forces led to Athens “becoming the premier naval power of the eastern Mediterranean” (Cole and Symes, 75). Along with this new title, Athens experimented with policies that gave common citizens more opportunity to join in courts of justice, reducing the cost of attendance to the price of an average day’s wage. The Greek nation of Athens had also implemented harsh foreign policies and began oppressing its allies. This change in structure is what likely led to war raging between two former Greek allies. Due to Athens gaining skill and knowledge about shipbuilding, their naval fleets were invincible to Spartans. However, the Athenians understood that the Spartans stood a good chance at victory during land battles, so the Athenians preemptively fought at sea. In 415 B.C.E., Athenians attacked the city of Syracuse, an expedition ending in misfortune with, “the death or enslavement of thousands of Athenian warriors” (Cole and Symes, 80). This loss proved even
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