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Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition - Alfred J. Church



The Sicilian Expedition was the greatest debacle of the Peloponnesian War, and did more to destroy the empire of Athens than any other event. Church follows Thucydides' account faithfully and provides great insight into the internal politics of Athens during this period, as well as detailed accounts of important battles and the character of the Athenian generals. The books should be of great interest to anyone who enjoys military history.

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Preface

The ultimate, it might be said, the only authority for the military and political facts given in this narrative, is Thucydides. These facts have been admirably expounded and arranged by Grote, to whom everyone interested in Greek history must be under obligations which cannot be adequately expressed. I have to acknowledge specially my indebtedness to the maps which accompany the sixth volume of his history. In writing this little book I have also had before me Mr. Haverfield's plan of Syracuse (executed in relief), and have found it very helpful.

A.J.C.
3rd February 1899.

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