Brasidas bră´sĭdəs [key], d. 422 BC, Spartan general in the Peloponnesian War. In 424 BC he saved Mégara from Athenian attack, and then conducted an able campaign in Thrace, capturing Amphipolis and other cities and greatly weakening the Athenian cause through his military successes and his eloquence and charm. In 422 he routed an Athenian army under Cleon that was attacking Amphipolis, but both he and Cleon were killed. Brasidas was one of the greatest Spartan commanders.
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