Although it is genuinely awful, when measured against the plague that beset Athens in the early years of the Peloponnesian War, Covid-19 simply does not rate.
The Spartans opened themselves up to attacks when they tried to impose their way of life upon the people they subjugated.
The political instabilities within Athens made the city vulnerable to attack from its rival, Sparta.
After the defeat of the invading Persians, tensions between Athens and Sparta began to escalate, which would ultimately result in an all-out war several decades later.
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