The War against Nabis, or the Laconian War, of 195 BC was fought between
the Greek city-state of Sparta under their ruler Nabis (depicted) and a
coalition composed of Rome, the Achean League, Pergamum, Rhodes, and
Macedon. During the Second Macedonian War (200–196 BC), Macedon had
given Sparta control over Argos, an important city on the Aegean coast.
Sparta's continued occupation of Argos thereafter was used as a pretext
for Rome and its allies to declare war. The anti-Spartan coalition laid
siege to Argos, captured the Spartan naval base at Gythium, and invested
and besieged Sparta itself. Negotiations led to peace on Rome's terms,
under which Argos and the coastal towns of Laconia were separated from
Sparta and the Spartans were compelled to pay a war indemnity to Rome
for eight years. Argos joined the Achaean League, and the Laconian towns
were placed under Achaean protection. As a result of the war, Sparta
lost its position as a major power in Greece. All consequent Spartan
attempts to recover the losses failed and Nabis, the last sovereign
ruler, was eventually murdered. Soon after, Sparta was forcibly made a
member of the Achaean League, ending several centuries of fierce
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