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Aegospotami

‘Goat’s rivers’ in the Hellespont, probably an open beach somewhere opposite Lampacus, scene of the final and decisive sea-battle of the Peloponnesian war, a victory over the Athenians by the Spartans under Lysander (405). Alcibiades, in exile in Thrace, had warned the Athenian generals (who included Conon (1)) of the dangers of their exposed position, and may even have offered military help in the form of Thracians; but he was rebuffed. The accounts of how the battle started cannot be reconciled, but it is clear that, after several days of inactivity, the Athenians were caught with most of their ships unmanned.

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