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Bellringer. What was the basic difference between life in Sparta and life in Athens?. Sparta and Athens Fight TB 270-271. 7th Social Studies Mrs. Coldiron. Background. Sparta and Athens worked together to win the Persian Wars. Spartans fought on land.

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What was the basic difference

between life in Sparta and life

in Athens?

Sparta and athens fight tb 270 271

Sparta and Athens FightTB 270-271

7th Social Studies

Mrs. Coldiron



  • Sparta and Athens worked together to win the Persian Wars.

  • Spartans fought on land.

  • Athenians fought at sea.

Athenian power

Athenian Power

  • After the Persian Wars many city-states formed an alliance known as the Delian League.

  • Each city-state gave money to the alliance.

  • Athens was the strongest member of the league.

  • The Athenians began treating other members in the league as their subjects.

  • The Athenians used the leagues money to pay for buildings in Athens.

Another alliance is formed

Another Alliance is Formed

  • In Southern Greece, after the Persian Wars, many city-states including Sparta banned together.

  • The alliance was called he Peloponnesian League.

  • Athenian power worried cities in the Peloponnesian League.

  • To stop Athens growth, Sparta declared war.

The peloponnesian war

The Peloponnesian War

  • 431 - 404 B.C

  • War between Athens and Sparta


  • Spartan army marched to Athens, surrounded the city, and waited.

  • Athenians stayed inside hoping that the Spartans would leave.

  • Spartans began to burn the crops in the fields around Athens.

  • The Athenian navy escorted merchant ships to Athens which brought plenty of food.

  • For 10 years neither side gained an advantage.

  • Agreed to a truce and the Spartans went home.



  • A disease swept through Athens.

  • Killed more than one-third of the people inside Athens’ walls.

Victory for sparta

Victory for Sparta

  • Athens has a desire to expand their territory

  • Athenian desire for more territory forced the Spartans attack Athens.

  • Spartans cut off the food supply to Athens.

  • Athenians who were starving, surrendered.

  • The war was over - Sparta was in control.


  • For about 30 years, the Spartans were the most powerful city-state in Greece.

  • Eventually other city-states begin to resent them leading to a period of war.

  • Fighting among each other weakened Greece.



Section 1 Assessment

TB 271


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