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These precautions against the Potidaeans were taken by the Athenians immediately after the battle at Corcyra. Not only was Corinth at length openly hostile, but Perdiccas, son of Alexander, king of the Macedonians, had from an old friend and ally been made an enemy. He had been made an enemy by the Athenians entering into alliance with his
r Philip and Derdas, who were in league against him.
In his alarm he had sent to Lacedaemon to try and involve the Athenians in
a war with the Peloponnesians,
and was endeavoring to win over Corinth in
order to bring about the revolt of Potidaea.
He also made overtures to the Chalcidians in the direction of Thrace, and
to the Bottiaeans, to persuade them to join in the