The Peloponnesian War Essay
In the wake of the Persian attempt to conquer the Greek city-states and valuable coastline, Athens emerged as the powerhouse in defending Greece. …show more content…
As time passed, Athens grew stronger and continued to demand tributary from the other members of the League. Pericles, the leader of Athens, fought to have the Delian League treasury moved to Athens claiming that was the safest place for it. The other members of the League denied Pericles his wish until in 449 when he signed a peace treaty with Persia. The treasury was then moved to the capital. Money from the treasury began being used to fix and beautify Athens only. Tensions throughout Greece began to escalate as feelings of fear spread throughout the Spartan allies. These tensions eventually evolved into small skirmishes between the two forces allies. In 445, The Thirty Year's Treaty was signed by both Athens and Sparta in hopes of preventing the outbreak of war. It was too little too late as a great war was inevitable at this point.
As Athens continued to grow in power they allied themselves with Corcyra, a colony of the Spartan ally Corinth. Corinth was a very important ally to Sparta because they had the second most powerful navy next to Athens. Sparta then accused Athens of aggression and breach of the treaty. The treaty lasted only seven years until Thebes, a Spartan ally, attacked Plateau, a close ally of Athens. Athens