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Headword: Archidamios polemos
Adler number: alpha,4108
Translated headword: Archidamian war
Vetting Status: high
The first [ten] years of the Peloponnesian war were called [the] Archidamian war,[1] from the fact that Archidamus invaded Attica [sc. in these years].[2]
Greek Original:
Archidamios polemos: tou Peloponnêsiakou polemou ta prôta etê Archidamios eklêthê polemos, apo tou Archidamon eis tên Attikên embalein.
[1] That is, 431-421 BCE. The "ten" is not merely an appropriate modern gloss but actually occurs in the entry in Harpokration s.v. (generated by the headword phrase's occurrence in oratory: Lysias fr. 18 Sauppe [now 17 Carey OCT]; Dinarchus fr. V.3 Conomis), which the Suda is abridging. Compare anyway beta 519.
[2] A rather misleading compression. Annual Spartan invasions of Attica were certainly a feature of this phase of the war (or at least the first half of it), but King Archidamos II (d.427) led only three of them (431, 430, 428).
OCD(4) p.140 (for both "Archidamian War" and King Archidamus of Sparta himself).
Keywords: biography; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 October 2000@10:08:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 25 August 2002@11:47:29.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 25 August 2002@11:49:13.
William Hutton (added keyword, set status) on 28 June 2003@05:12:14.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 28 June 2003@05:27:32.
David Whitehead (updated notes; another keyword; tweaking) on 30 June 2011@10:55:36.
David Whitehead on 31 July 2014@04:09:03.
David Whitehead on 1 September 2015@03:42:52.


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