Syracuse 415–413 BC

Syracuse 415–413 BC

Destruction of the Athenian Imperial Fleet

Campaign 195
  • Author: Nic Fields
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: CAM 195
  • Publication Date: 7 May 2008
  • ISBN: 9781846032585
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

In the midsummer of 415 BC Athens launched a pre-emptive attack on Syracuse, urged on by the brilliant but reckless Athenian general Alcibiades, who claimed the Syracusans were providing the hostile Peloponnesian League with supplies. Moreover, if Athens could establish itself in Sicily then it would be in a commanding position for future aggression against Carthage. Possession of Syracuse would also allow the Athenians to dominate the Mediterranean. Nic Fields examines the foolhardy campaign in which Athens ignored the strategic implications of attacking a nation that was over 1,100 km away as two enormous armadas and 60,000 Athenians and their allies fought for two years against the only other democracy in the Greek world. Rare illustrations and breath-taking full-colour artwork complete the account of a disastrous campaign from which very few Athenians returned.

Biographical Note

Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France.Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK


Origins of the Campaign
Opposing plans
Opposing commanders
Opposing forces
Orders of battle
The expedition is launched
The battles of Syracuse
The battlefield today
Further reading

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