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Battle of Chalcis

Conflict: Peloponnesian War
Date: 429 BC
Place: Chalcis
Outcome: Athenian defeat
Combatants
Athens Chalcis
Spartolus
Olynthus
Commanders
Unknown Unknown
Strength
Unknown Unknown
Casualties
Over 430 Unknown
Peloponnesian War
Sybota - Potidaea - Chalcis - Naupactus - Tanagra - Olpae - Pylos - Sphacteria - Delium - Amphipolis - Mantinea - Sicilian Expedition - Syme - Cynossema - Cyzicus - Notium - Arginusae - Aegospotami - Naxos

The Battle of Chalcis took place in 429 BC between Athens and the Chalcidians and their allies, in the early part of the Peloponnesian War.

The Athenians under Xenophon marched into Thrace to attack Chalcis. They destroyed the crops outside Spartolus and began negotiating with pro-Athenian factions in Chalcis, but the anti-Athenian factions asked for help from Olynthus. An army from Chalcis, Spartolus, and Olynthus met the Athenians in battle, but their hoplites were defeated and they retreated to Spartolus; their cavalry, however, was victorious against the Athenian troops. Reinforcements soon arrived from Olynthus, and they launched a second attack on the Athenians. The Athenians panicked and were routed, with all of their generals and 430 other men killed.












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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