Another War: Battle of Cynossema

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

In the Battle of Cynossema, we see the witness the unsullied Athenian military discipline, even after years of war, and even being this a decisive battle that would determine the outcome of their empire.

Victory can be attributed to two simple elements; discipline and experience. The Spartans had more manpower, were better supplied, and their troops were superiorly equipped compared to the Athenians.

Despite holding the upper hand most of the time during the battle, the Peloponnesians were not able to fulfil their objective. The lack of discipline of the Syracusans and the Spartans resulted in the destruction of their fleet; something that could have been easily avoided had they maintained their formations to repulse the attack from Thrasybulus after he defeated Mindarus.

The Spartans did not forget the importance of the strait of the Hellespont, later in the war, it proved itself to be the Achilles heel of the Athenian Empire and the key to its destruction. 

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