Acarnania

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Acarnania

(ăk'ərnā`nēə), region of ancient Greece, between the Achelous River and the Ionian Sea. The chief city was Stratos. The Acarnanians sided with Athens during the Peloponnesian War, and Athens helped Acarnania to uphold its independence against Corinth and Sparta in the 5th cent. B.C. Later (390–375 B.C.) Sparta controlled the region. The persistent struggle with the Aetolians cost Acarnania its independence until 231 B.C. When the Byzantine Empire broke up (1204), Acarnania passed to Epirus and in 1480 to the Turks. In 1832 it became part of Greece.
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In alliance with the neighbouring Acarnanians they ravaged the island; but the city held out, and Demosthenes, |persuaded' by Messenians from Naupactus to undertake the more ambitious project of subduing Aetolia (3.
A strong force under the Spartan Eurylochus, joined by the Aetolian army, now threatened Naupactus from the east; and it must have taken all his powers of persuasion to talk the disgruntled Acarnanians into sending 1000 hoplites to garrison the city.
The Ambraciots had invaded Acarnania, seized the coastal fortress of Olpae and were threatening Argos, the chief city; Eurylochus had joined them with the Peloponnesian army, and the Acarnanians were in Argos preparing for battle.