An ancient naval battle revisited

Refighting the Peloponnesian War: The Athenian Disaster in Sicily
By Mike Fogarty*

This article argues that the Athenian disaster in Sicily was a consequence of three events. Firstly, the limitations of imperium coupled with hubris weakened Athens. Secondly, Nicias was ill-suited to lead the force. Thirdly, the failure of Athenian political and military leadership led to their catastrophic defeat. Barbara Tuchman styled that war as mismanagement due to “excessive ambition.”

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