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Title: Crisi della Lega Peleponnesiaca e autonomia delle poleis in Senofonte
Subtitle: Il caso di Fliunte e Corinto
Author(s): FONTANA, Federica
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 40 Date: 2010
Special attention is paid in Xenophon’s Hellenica to the little polis of Phleious, a fact explained by the existence of personal ties and interests between that author and the city. Several sections of Phleiasian history in the Hellenica are put by Xenophon in key points of his historical work; because of this, analysis made by modern scholars about these fragments of Φλειασιακά has been commonly influenced by the idea that their main interest concerned their usefulness, as moments of paradigmatic history, in the investigation of Spartan politics or Sparta-Athens relations, or the general historiographical view of their author, without giving attention to the real Phleious and her historical dimension. A perspective centred on an internal point of view about Phleiasian history of the 4th century BC could, indeed, shed new light on some matters discussed by modern scholars about the chief political questions of this period. Through the case-study of Phleious and her neighbour Corinth, the present paper intends to investigate the relationship between Sparta, Athens and their allies, and the position of these μικραὶ πόλεις as the old, classical hegemonic system comes to final collapse.