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Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities. 2d ed. London: Routledge, 2002. 1 Achaean League Larsen, J. A. O. Greek Federal States: Their Institutions and History. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1968. Walbank, F. W. The Hellenistic World. Rev. ed. : Harvard University Press, 1993. James P. Sickinger See also: Achaean War; Hellenistic Greece; Polybius. 2 Achaean War The Achaean War resulted in the defeat of the Achaean League, the last important and independent military force in Hellenistic Greece.

Rosenmeyer, Thomas G. The Art of Aeschylus. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982. Smethurst, Mae J. The Artistry of Aeschylus and Zeami: A Comparative Study of Greek Tragedy and No. : Princeton University Press, 1989. Spatz, Lois. Aeschylus. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Vellacott, Philip. : Duke University Press, 1984. Jonathan L. Thorndike See also: Aristophanes; Euripides; Literature; Performing Arts; Sophocles; Sports and Entertainment. 17 Aesop Fabulist Born: c. ; possibly Thrace, Greece Died: c.

33 Alcaeus of Lesbos Poet Born: c. ; Mytilene, Lesbos Died: c. ; place unknown Also known as: Alkaios Category: Poetry; literature Life Alcaeus of Lesbos (al-SEE-uhs of LEHZ-bahs) was born into an aristocratic family of Mytilene, the most important city-state on the Aegean island of Lesbos. His contemporary, the poet Sappho, belonged to the same social class in Mytilene. Alcaeus and his brothers were energetically involved in the bitter rivalries that characterized the political affairs of Mytilene during his lifetime, and his poetry is replete with political references and partisan invective.

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