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The Battle of Tanagra was a battle in the Peloponnesian War in 426 BC between Athens and Tanagra.

In 426 Athens sent a fleet to the island of Melos consisting of 60 ships and 2000 hoplites under the command Nicias. Melos had refused to join the Delian League, and still refused to do so even when the Athenians plundered the island. The Athenians, however, did not conquer the island, but instead sailed to Oropus on the coast of Boeotia. The hoplites landed on shore and marched towards Tanagra, where they were joined by the main Athenian army that had been marching from Athens under Hipponicus and Eurymedon. They plundered the countryside, and the next day defeated a combined Tanagran and Theban army, but returned to Athens after the victory.

Battle of Tanagra

Conflict

Peloponnesian War

Date

426 BC

Place

Tanagra

Result

Athenian victory

Combatants

Athens

Tanagra
Thebes

Commanders

Nicias
Hipponicus
Eurymedon

Unknown

Strength

2000 hoplites

Unknown

Casualties

Unknown

Unknown


Battle before

Battle after

Battle of Plataea

Battle of Olpae

Peloponnesian War
Sybota - Potidaea - Chalcis - Naupactus - Tanagra - Olpae - Pylos - Sphacteria - Delium - Amphipolis - Mantinea - Sicilian Expedition - Syme - Cynossema - Cyzicus - Notium - Arginusae - Aegospotami - Naxos


Robert B. Strassler ed., The Landmark Thucydides: a Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (The Free Press, 1996) ISBN 0-684-82815-4

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