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I don't think Athens was known for its "warrior culture".



From antique on and indeed today. Any civilization worth mentioning in history had a warrior culture. Indeed a man that was not a trained warrior was deemed unfit to perform any kind of public service.

Some cultures being known as more war like, in my opinion only signals their relative cultural poverty on other areas.

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What about about the Peloponnesian wars? They went on for decades! Of course, the Athenians were known for other things too.

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They defeated the Persians in one of the most important battles in the history of western civilisation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Salamis

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