The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald KaganThe Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition

byDonald Kagan

Paperback | May 14, 1991

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Why did the Peace of Nicias fail to reconcile Athens and Sparta? In the third volume of his landmark four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan examines the years between the signing of the peace treaty and the destruction of the Athenian expedition to Sicily in 413 B.C. The principal figure in the narrative is the Athenian politician and general Nicias, whose policies shaped the treaty and whose military strategies played a major role in the attack against Sicily.

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University.
Title:The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian ExpeditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.37 inPublished:May 14, 1991Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

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ISBN - 10:0801499402

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Unraveling of the Peace
1. A Troubled Peace
2. The Separate League
3. The Alliance of Athens and Argos
4. The Challenge of the Separate League
5. The Battle of Mantinea
6. After Mantinea: Politics and Policy at Sparta and Athens

Part Two: The Sicilian Expedition
7. The Decision to Attack Sicily
8. Sacrilege and Departure
9. Athenian Strategy and the Summer Campaign of 415
10. The First Attack on Syracuse
11. The Siege of Syracuse
12. Athens on the Defensive
13. Defeat on Land and Sea
14. Retreat and Destruction

General Index
Index of Modem Authors
Index of Ancient Authors and Inscriptions

Editorial Reviews

"The temptation to acclaim Kagan's four volumes as the foremost work of history produced in North America in the twentieth century is vivid. . . . Here is an achievement that not only honors the criteria of dispassion and of unstinting scruple which mark the best of modern historicism but honors its readers. To read Kagan's 'History of the Peloponnesian War' at the present hour is to be almost unbearably tested."-George Steiner, The New Yorker (reviewing the four-volume series)