Maria Pretzler (Swansea / BSA Visiting Fellow 2020-21)
Herodotus is our main source for the political history of the Peloponnese and especially the beginnings of the Peloponnesian League. Often the Histories offer the only available information, and yet, his account often more raises more questions than it answers. As part of my work on the Peloponnesian League I assess Herodotus’ account in its wider context, considering alternative evidence for the development of communities in the peninsula. This paper will also consider how developments in the fifth-century Peloponnese shaped the narrative: apart from Sparta, Argive and Tegean perspectives seem to have had a particular impact. The result is a new history of the beginnings of the Peloponnesian League, and perhaps also a better understanding of how Herodotus compiled his account.