The Age of Pericles: A History of the Politics and Arts of Greece from the Persian to the Peloponnesian War - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER LVIII.
APPROACHING CRISIS IN POLITICS.--TEMPER OF ATHENIAN AND PELOPONNESIAN ALLIES.--CONFLICT OF CORINTH AND CORCYRA, AND VICTORY OF CORCYRAEANS.--RENEWED AND FORMIDABLE ARMAMENT OF CORINTH.
B.C. 435-4; Ol. 86. 2.

AT the time when the Athenians found an indulgence in turning to vex, discredit, and perhaps disable their greatest statesman, they were elate with sovereign power and confident in the success with which their ambition had carried them on to unexampled prosperity, and above all in their incessant activity as contrasted with the absence of any indication that Sparta was either disposed or competent to again rouse herself and strike for the undivided headship of the Hellenic world. And yet the times were in truth more critical than they supposed. The prolonged peace had enriched Athens with treasure and munitions, and strengthened her by a numerous, energetic, and high-spirited population, but it had swelled the resources and raised the heart of other cities also. The Aeolian Lesbians had yearnings towards their ancient Boeotian and Lacedaemonian 1associations; while the Dorian populations under her control, the Aeginetans especially, and cities about the coasts of the Aegean, from Thrace to Lycia, could not but contrast their position with that of members of the Dorian confederation; the mere accumulation of

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