Syracuse 415-413 BC: Destruction of the Athenian Imperial Fleet (Campaign)

Syracuse 415-413 BC: Destruction of the Athenian Imperial Fleet (Campaign)

Syracuse 415-413 BC: Destruction of the Athenian Imperial Fleet (Campaign)

Nic Fields


Osprey's examine of 1 of an important battles of the Peloponnesian conflict (431 - 404 BC). In 415 BC Athens introduced a wide expeditionary strength, its target the wealthy, grain-producing island of Sicily. This was once based on a choice for assist in a minor warfare from an previous best friend however the actual targets have been the strong urban of Syracuse, suspected of helping Athens' Peloponnesian enemies, and imperial growth. The Athenians received an inconclusive victory over the Syracusans overdue within the 12 months and renewed their assault within the spring of 414. After a interval of full of life siege struggle and a sequence of large-scale battles on land and sea, the Syracusans won the higher hand and the excursion led to overall catastrophe with grave results for the way forward for Athens.

Nic Fields explores the heritage of this foolhardy enterprise during which Athens took on a state that used to be militarily and financially powerful and over seven hundred miles far away. Then, following the narrative of Thucydides, the chronicler of the Peloponnesian struggle, he describes and explains the lengthy and violent crusade that pitted the 2 greatest democracies of the Greek global opposed to every one other.

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