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Aegospotami (i.e. Goat Streams) is a small river issuing into the Hellespont, northeast of Sestos. It was the scene of the decisive battle in 405 BC by which Lysander destroyed the Athenian fleet in the Peloponnesian War.


The township of that name, whose existence is attested by coins of the 5th and 4th centuries, must have been quite insignificant.


This article incorporates text from the public domain 1911 Encyclopędia Britannica.


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Battle of Aegospotami (238 words)
The battle of Aegospotami in 405 BC was the destruction of the Athenian navy in the Peloponnesian War, and led directly to Athens' final defeat by Sparta in the following year.
After the Athenian victory at the Arginusae Islands[?], Conon took the fleet to the small river mouth at Aegospotami in the Hellespont.
The Spartan fleet was close by on the opposite side of the Hellespont, and for four days Conon rowed his fleet over to it, trying to engage the Spartans, who for their part stayed put.
Agis (817 words)
In 413, on the suggestion of Alcibiades, he fortified Decelea in Attica, where he remained directing operations until, after the battle of Aegospotami (405), he took the leading part in the blockade of Athens, which was ended in spring 404 by the surrender of the city.
At this time the state had been brought to the brink of ruin by the growth of avarice and luxury; there was a glaring inequality in the distribution of land and wealth, and the number of full citizens had sunk to 700, of whom about 100 practically monopolized the land.
Though reared in the height of luxury he at once determined to restore the traditional institutions of Lycurgus, with the aid of Lysander, a descendant of the victor of Aegospotami, and Mandrocleidas, a man of noted prudence and courage; even his mother, the wealthy Agesistrata, threw herself heartily into the cause.
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