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 ===Corinth=== ===Corinth===
  
-Corinth sits on the Isthmus of Corinth, the sole link between the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland. The isthmus narrows to only five miles wide and the city occupies this strategic point. The heart of the city is  a huge monolithic rock, on top of which sits the Acrocorinth containing the key temples and oligarchs'​ palaces. The ports of Leachaeum on the ismthus'​ western edge and Cenchreae on the east link the city to sea.  ​+Corinth sits on the Isthmus of Corinth, the sole link between the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland. The isthmus narrows to only five miles wide and the city occupies this strategic point. The heart of the city is a huge monolithic rock, on top of which sits the Acrocorinth containing the key temples and oligarchs'​ palaces. The ports of Leachaeum on the ismthus'​ western edge and Cenchreae on the east link the city to sea.  ​
  
 The city thrives on trade and its fleets dominate in the Mediterranean as far as <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​sicily">​Sicily</​apdx>​. A great deal of silver is earned by controlling the isthmus, a short-cut saving traders a dangerous journey around the Peloponnese. Goods can be unloaded at one port, carried over the isthmus to the other side and then loaded on to a ship. There is a road made of grooved stone that can carry an entire ship on a special cart across the isthmus. The city thrives on trade and its fleets dominate in the Mediterranean as far as <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​sicily">​Sicily</​apdx>​. A great deal of silver is earned by controlling the isthmus, a short-cut saving traders a dangerous journey around the Peloponnese. Goods can be unloaded at one port, carried over the isthmus to the other side and then loaded on to a ship. There is a road made of grooved stone that can carry an entire ship on a special cart across the isthmus.
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 Elis is built at the bottom of a wide river valley and is dominated by the large theatre at its heart. The city is walled, but more effort was placed into constructing the theatre and the huge market that surrounds it. Gymnasia and other training buildings adjoin the market, along with the House of the Hellanodikai who judge the games themselves. Elis is built at the bottom of a wide river valley and is dominated by the large theatre at its heart. The city is walled, but more effort was placed into constructing the theatre and the huge market that surrounds it. Gymnasia and other training buildings adjoin the market, along with the House of the Hellanodikai who judge the games themselves.
  
-The oligarchy of Elis comprises a few noble families who squabble over the games' revenue. ​ There is an open council of citizens who decide on civic matters.+The oligarchy of Elis comprises a few noble families who squabble over the games' revenue. There is an open council of citizens who decide on civic matters.
  
 Many victors of the games come from the city. The very first winner of any game was Coroebus, a humble Elean baker who won the stadion race. The city also gave the world Troilus, who gained infamy by winning two chariot races whilst being the referee. Other famous names include the philosopher Phaedo of Elis, who runs the Elean School of philosophy and was a close friend of Socrates. Yet Phaedo is no friend of Plato and the two spar when the Athenian comes to visit the games. Many victors of the games come from the city. The very first winner of any game was Coroebus, a humble Elean baker who won the stadion race. The city also gave the world Troilus, who gained infamy by winning two chariot races whilst being the referee. Other famous names include the philosopher Phaedo of Elis, who runs the Elean School of philosophy and was a close friend of Socrates. Yet Phaedo is no friend of Plato and the two spar when the Athenian comes to visit the games.
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 ===Sparta=== ===Sparta===
  
-Sparta lies on the banks of the Evrotas River, in the east of the Peloponnese. The river valley it occupies is surrounded by high mountains, providing Sparta with superb natural defences. ​ The city itself is quite small and houses about thirty thousand Spartans and many more slaves. ​ Sparta is one of the very few cities that has no walls, relying instead on its armies for defence.+Sparta lies on the banks of the Evrotas River, in the east of the Peloponnese. The river valley it occupies is surrounded by high mountains, providing Sparta with superb natural defences. The city itself is quite small and houses about thirty thousand Spartans and many more slaves. Sparta is one of the very few cities that has no walls, relying instead on its armies for defence.
  
 Sparta was until recently the pre-eminent power in Greece until it was brought low by the Boetian League, led by Thebes and Athens. The city has been stripped of its full political might and has lost most of its slaves. However, Spartan diplomats are already building a new league, the army is still intact and the city itself was never attacked. There is great potential to rebuild its power. Sparta was until recently the pre-eminent power in Greece until it was brought low by the Boetian League, led by Thebes and Athens. The city has been stripped of its full political might and has lost most of its slaves. However, Spartan diplomats are already building a new league, the army is still intact and the city itself was never attacked. There is great potential to rebuild its power.
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 The city is ruled by an oligarchy of rich men and women, with influence wielded by the most powerful warriors. Unusually, Sparta has two kings. Whilst both claim descent from <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​herakles">​Herakles</​apdx>,​ the Agiad family is superior to the Eurypontid family. The current kings are Agesipolis II and Agesilaus II. The city is ruled by an oligarchy of rich men and women, with influence wielded by the most powerful warriors. Unusually, Sparta has two kings. Whilst both claim descent from <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​herakles">​Herakles</​apdx>,​ the Agiad family is superior to the Eurypontid family. The current kings are Agesipolis II and Agesilaus II.
  
-Civil power has slowly moved from the kings to the oligarchs and they are now a kind of permanent general, with military power and little else.  Citizenship is restricted to those who can trace their lineage back to the first inhabitants of the city and only citizens can undergo the famous agoge training programme. For political purposes a small number of  foreigners are allowed to go through the training as "​foster children"​.+Civil power has slowly moved from the kings to the oligarchs and they are now a kind of permanent general, with military power and little else. Citizenship is restricted to those who can trace their lineage back to the first inhabitants of the city and only citizens can undergo the famous agoge training programme. For political purposes a small number of foreigners are allowed to go through the training as "​foster children"​.
  
 ==Culture== ==Culture==
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