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What were the causes of the Peloponnesian War

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[[File:PEP ONE.jpg|thumbnail|left|200px|A bust of Pericles]]
One of the most important wars in the Ancient World was the [ Peloponnesian War] (431-404 BCE). The conflict was a long drawn out war between Athens and Sparta and their respective allies. It convulsed Greece and changed the course of the Classical world. The war ended the Golden Age of Athenian Culture and arguably weakened the Greek world forever. What was the cause of the Peloponnesian War? The origins of such a conflict are complex. The primary causes were that Sparta feared the growing power and influence of the Athenian Empire.

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