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The Rebellion of Thasos - against Athenians
Since Athens supplied the largest number of warships in the fleet
of the Delian League, the balance of power in the League came firmly into the
hands of the Athenian assembly, whose members decided how Athenian ships were
to be employed. Members of the League had no effective recourse if they disagreed
with decisions made for the League as a whole under Athenian leadership. Athens,
for instance, could compel the League to send its ships to force reluctant allies
to go on paying dues if they stopped making their annual payments. The most egregious
instance of such compulsion was the case of the city-state of the island of Thasos
which, in 465 B.C, unilaterally withdrew from the Delian League after a dispute
with Athens over gold mines on the neighboring mainland. To compel the Thasians
to keep their sworn agreement to stay in the League, the Athenians led the fleet
of the Delian League, including ships from other member states, against Thasos.
The attack turned into a protracted siege, which finally ended after three years'
campaigns in 463 B.C. with the island's surrender. As punishment, the League forced
Thasos to pull down its defensive walls, give up its navy, and pay enormous dues
and fines. As Thucydides observed, rebellious allies like the Thasians "lost
their independence," making the Athenians as the League's leaders "no
longer as popular as they used to be."
This text is from: Thomas Martin's An Overview of Classical Greek History from Homer to Alexander,
Yale University Press. Cited November 2004 from
Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.
Foundation/Settlement of the place
Thasos was founded by the Parians (710 - 680 BC)
- Perseus: Strabo, Geography
Catastrophes of the place
By Thrasybulus of Lakedaimon
Thrasybulus with thirty ships, went off to the Thracian coast, where he reduced all the places which had revolted to the Lacedaemonians, and especially Thasos, which was in a bad state on account of wars and revolutions and famine.
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