If you are talking about helping Athens, he was a general in the army and commanded contingents in several mostly successful wars.

He established himself as a political leader during the period when Athens’ prosperity and power reached its zenith.

On the downside, he helped it into the Peloponnesian War which saw Athens stripped of its empire. He died two years into this 27-year war, so was not around to either guide it through the conflict or see the results of his handiwork.

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