ALCIBIADES

c450-404 BC

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When high-pro­file Athe­nian gen­eral Alcibiades faced po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion dur­ing the Pelo­pon­nesian War c415 BC, he switched his al­le­giance to Sparta. Once he fell out of favour with the Spar­tans, he sided with the Per­sian Em­pire. The se­rial de­fec­tor was then re­called to his na­tive Athens where his de­ci­sive lead­er­ship was re­spon­si­ble for Sparta seek­ing peace.

Alcibiades’ re­turn was not for­ever: he was de­parted from Athens again c406 BC

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