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By Spencer C. Tucker

A thorough research of important wars all through background and their effect on international affairs―from the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmore III's Campaigns in the course of 479–459 BCE during the Iraq warfare of 2003–2011.

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• Discusses the importance of significant conflicts and their wide ancient effects

• bargains the latest interpretations as to the reasons and results of every struggle covered

• offers a listing of books for extra studying to extend studying opportunities

• unearths the which means of the time period "tech-tac disjoint" and explains its relevance to to fashionable use of technology-enabled weaponry

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The Plataeans thought that they were lost, but a fortuitous rain extinguished the flames. With winter coming on, Archidamus ordered his men to build a more substantial double wall around the city and then sent half his force home for the winter. That winter on a stormy night, some of the Plataeans managed to get over the Spartan wall by means of ladders without being detected and then, after a brief skirmish, broke free; 212 made their way to Athens. The remaining defenders were simply starved into surrender in the summer of 427.

What had been intended as a lightning campaign became a prolonged siege that sapped Athenian energies elsewhere. Alcibiades meanwhile, fearing for his life, managed to escape from the ship taking him back to Athens and fled to Sparta. There he not only betrayed the Athenian plan of attack against Syracuse but also spoke to the Spartan assembly and strongly supported a Syracusan plea for aid. The Spartans responded by sending out to Sicily a force of their own commanded by Gylippus, one of their best generals.

Plataea had sent to Athens for safety much of its population, including all children and the elderly, leaving defense of the city to only 400 of its own men and 80 Athenians with 110 women to cook for them. Despite the small number of defenders, Plataea’s walls were formidable and sufficient to hold off a large attacking force. In September 428 BCE, the Spartans initiated a siege with a palisade entirely around the city. The Spartans spent more than two months utilizing a variety of materials to construct an embankment equal to the height of the city walls.

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