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Gylippus

(jĭlĭ`pəs), fl. 415–404 B.C., Spartan commander in the Peloponnesian WarPeloponnesian War
, 431–404 B.C., decisive struggle in ancient Greece between Athens and Sparta. It ruined Athens, at least for a time. The rivalry between Athens' maritime domain and Sparta's land empire was of long standing. Athens under Pericles (from 445 B.C.
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. He was sent to help SyracuseSyracuse
, Ital. Siracusa, city (1991 pop. 125,941), capital of Syracuse prov., SE Sicily, Italy, on the Ionian Sea. It has a port and is a market and tourist center. Its manufactures include machinery and processed food.
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 in its defense against Athenian attack, and it was his resourcefulness and skill combined with Athenian ineptitude that brought about one of the greatest defeats Athens suffered (413 B.C.). Later he was banished from Sparta for stealing public money.
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7) The Syracusans proved tough adversaries, especially after Sparta sent one of its generals, Gylippus, to assist them, along with a contingent of Corinthian hoplites.
The results speak for themselves as the most powerful military force of the time, Athens, was soundly defeated by the smaller, less experienced city-state of Syracuse with the help of the Spartan commander Gylippus.
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