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As civilization developed along the rocky coastline of ancient Greece, many small states developed around 750 BCE. These were called polises, or city-states.\n\nTwo city-states that were very different from each other were Athens and Sparta. These city-states eventually went to war against each other in the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BCE).\n\nThe following two documents give insight into the relationship between Athens and Sparta as well as how the societies were remembered in Greek history.