Delian League

The Delian League, founded in 478 BC, was an association of Greek city-states, members numbering between 150 to 173, under the leadership of Athens, whose purpose was to continue fighting the Persian Empire after the Greek victory in the Battle of Plataea at the end of the Second Persian invasion of Greece. The League's modern name derives from its official meeting place, the island of Delos, where congresses were held in the temple and where the treasury stood until, in a symbolic gesture, Pericles moved it to Athens in 454 BC.

Shortly after its inception, Athens began to use the League's navy for its own purposes. This behavior would frequently lead to conflict between Athens and the less powerful members of the League. By 431 BC Athens' heavy-handed control of the Delian League would prompt the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War; the League was dissolved upon the war's conclusion in 404 BC.

Read more about Delian LeagueBackground, Formation of The League, Composition and Expansion, Policies of The League, Wars Against Persia, Wars in Greece, The Athenian Empire (454–404 BC)

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Classical Greece - 5th Century BC - The Peloponnesian War
... a struggle between two city-states as it was a struggle between two coalitions, or leagues of city-states ... These two leagues were the Delian League in which Athens was the leading member, and the Peloponnesian League, which was led by Sparta ... The Delian League grew out of the necessity of presenting a unified front of all Greek city-states against Persian aggression ...
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... Some did not fit the modern definition of empire (the Delian League), others were self-proclaimed by their first and often last ruler, and others were efforts to turn an existing government ... "Empire" Origin Capital From To Duration Note Athenian Empire (Delian League) Ancient Greece Delos island -9522-01-01478 BC -9596-01-01404 BC 74 Also known as Delian League ...
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... Sestos 479 BC-478 BC Siege of Byzantium 478 BC Delian League against Persian Empire (Wars of the Delian League) 477 BC 449 BC Siege of Eion 477 BC–476 BC or ...
Delian League - The Athenian Empire (454–404 BC)
... By 454, the Delian League could be fairly characterized as an Athenian Empire at the start of the Peloponnesian War, only Chios and Lesbos were left to contribute ships ... the greatest and most powerful of the original members of the Delian League save Athens, was the last to revolt, and in the aftermath of the Syracusan Expedition enjoyed a success of ... to Athens and which served as garrisons to maintain control of the League's vast territory ...
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