Battle of Deres

Battle of Deres

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Deres
partof=the Second Messenian War
date=c. 640 BC?
place=Messenia
result=Disputed
combatant1=Messenia
combatant2=Sparta
commander1=Aristomenes
commander2=
The Battle of Deres was a fight between the Spartans and the Messenians, which occurred c. 640 BC, it was the first major military engagement of the Second Messenian War. The Spartans and Messenians didn't have any allies at the time of conflict and the outcome of the battle was highly disputed. After the battle, the Messenians offered Aristomenes the crown of Messenia. Aristomenes declined the offer, preferring instead to become general with absolute powers.

References

Ancient Sources

* Pausanias (geographer) 4.15.4


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