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The Olympian has Fallen

Athens and Corinth take the preemptive measure of fighting a battle to avoid a war. This works about as well as it sounds. A series of conferences afterwards determine the fate of Greece. Speeches are made, ships collide and the gods reconsider their relationship with Athens. This episode covers approximately 433 B.C. – 429 B.C.


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Characters

Pericles: The effective leader of Athens. Elected to general for over a continuous decade he is the prominent and seemingly untouchable face of Athens. He leads Athens into the beginning of the war.

Aspasia: The live-in love of Pericles, people question what her influence on Pericles really extends too. She is the target of much ridicule yet little is known for sure about her.

King Archidamus II: King of Sparta since 469. He is well respected but a reserved king. As the second king of Sparta is in exile he has the rare responsibility of being the sole standing king.

Notable Cities

Potidaea: A city in the north part of the Aegean Sea. Although it is part of the Athenian Empire it has close ties with Corinth. These ties make Athens come to the decision Potidaea must surrender hostages and tear down its walls to ensure it good behavior. Potidaea does not take kindly to this.

Corinth: Aside from Sparta, they are the most respected city of the Peloponnesian league. Their relationship with Athens turns from bad to worse as fights break out.

Corcyra: Located on an island to the northwest of most of Greece, Corcyra is a powerful naval force that has made the mistake of maintaining very few alliances.