The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition

The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition

Paperback New History of the Peloponnesian War

By (author) Donald M. Kagan

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 14 May 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801499402
  • ISBN 13: 9780801499401
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: 1st New edition
  • Illustrations note: 13
  • Sales rank: 240,005

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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.

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"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)