Siege of Mantinea

The siege of Mantinea occurred in 385 BC, and resulted in a victory of the Spartans over the city of Mantinea, which was defeated and dismembered.[1] On this occasion, Epaminondas, then fighting on the side of the Spartans, famously rescued his fellow Theban Pelopidas.[2][3]

Epaminondas defending Pelopidas at the siege of Mantinea (385 BC).
Epaminondas saves the life of Pelopidas in battle

Mantinea had been opposed to the Spartans in the Peloponesian War. As a result, Mantinea first fell in 417, and it was then destroyed in the siege of 385 BC.[4] However, the Arcadians were able to recover and restored their city after the Battle of Leuctra and the defeat of Spartan hegemony.[4]


  1. ^ Buckley, Terry (2006). Aspects of Greek History: A Source-Based Approach. Routledge. p. 30. ISBN 9781134857326.
  2. ^ Brice, Lee L. (2012). Greek Warfare: From the Battle of Marathon to the Conquests of Alexander the Great. ABC-CLIO. p. 53. ISBN 9781610690706.
  3. ^ Hornblower, Simon; Spawforth, Antony; Eidinow, Esther (2014). The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization. OUP Oxford. p. 608. ISBN 9780191016769.
  4. ^ a b Bevan, William Latham (1861). The Student's Manual of Ancient Geography. John Murray. p. 477.

Coordinates: 37°37′3.51″N 22°23′34.33″E / 37.6176417°N 22.3928694°E / 37.6176417; 22.3928694