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Draft Programme of the R.C.P.(B) * 8th congress of the R.C.P.(B) * the 3rd overseas and its position in historical past * a very good starting * the country

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396) Sparta sent Agesilaus to Asia. In seriously by (p. successive campaigns he overran Lydia, defeated Tissaphernes before Sardes, penetrated inland to Paphlagonia, and wasted He had no plans beyond plunder, and only met the coastal satraps; but he brought about Tissaphernes' fall and death, Artaxerxes surrendering the man who had saved his Pharnabazus' satrapy. throne to Parysatis, who thus annihilated Hydarnes* line (p* 3) and avenged Cyrus. Pharnabazus, however, by lavish subsidies, raised a Greek league against Sparta; in 394 Agesilaus was PERSIA 20 [CHAP.

LYSANDER'S SETTLEMENT end of the Peloponnesian War is one of the most clearly defined j turning-points in Greek History, No previous Greek as war, Thucydides pointed out, drew in such large measure upon the resources of Greece, and none had a more decisive issue. These facts, however, are hardly sufficient to establish the common opinion that the Peloponnesian War was the culminating catastrophe of Greek History, the suicide of Greece,' and that the later chapters of that history are but the record of a prolonged death-agony.

THE RETREAT OF THE TEN THOUSAND TO TRAPEZUS* A formal demand for the unconditional surrender of the Greeks was made next day and refused. The Persians took some days to decide how to deal with them. A century later they would naturally have entered Artaxerxes' service; but seemingly he regarded them as Cyrus' friends and hated them accordingly. They were so slow to gr asp the real position that they offered Ariaeus the crown, which of course he declined ; Cyrus' friends were only thinking of how to make their peace with Artaxerxes.

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