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The Battle of Oenophyta took place between Athens and the Boeotian city-states in 457 BC.

In this period between the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, alliances and leagues sprang up and collapsed, although there was very little prolonged warfare. In 457 Athens, the leader of the Delian League, came into conflict with Corinth and their ally Sparta (leader of the Peloponnesian League) over Megara; two months prior to the Battle of Oenophyta, the Athenians were defeated at the Battle of Tanagra by Sparta, but Sparta had lost so many men that they could not take advantage of their victory.

The Athenians, who had 14 000 men at Tanagra, regrouped after that battle and marched into Boeotia. At Oenophyta, led by Myronides they defeated the Boeotians, and then destroyed the walls of Tanagra and ravaged Locria and Phocis. Their victory at Oenophyta allowed Athens to defeat Aegina later in the year, and to finish the construction of the Long Walls to the Athenian port of Piraeus (an action opposed by Sparta).

Athens remained in control of Boeotia until 447 BC, when they were defeated at the Battle of Coronea.


Battle of Oenophyta

Conflict

Pre-Peloponnesian War conflicts

Date

457 BC

Place

Oenophyta

Result

Athenian victory

Combatants

Athens

Boeotian city-states

Commanders

Myronides

Unknown

Strength

Unknown

Unknown

Casualties

Unknown

Unknown

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