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Editor says, what if the Second Battle of Syracuse had never happened? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
In 413 BC,spooked by a lunar eclipse1, the superstitious Athenian Commander Nicias ordered the fleet to set sail immediately and the disappointing Sicilian Expedition ended on a farcical note.
Delian League wins the Peloponesian WarMore significantly, the talented Spartan Commander Gylippus had been robbed of a never-to-be-repeated opportunity to strike a heavy blow against the Delian League that had endangered a large naval force on a near pointless mission. A second chance would not be forthcoming, Nicias was dismissed and the Peloponesian War was decisively won by his forces now led by the Athenian Commanders Demosthenes, Menander, and Euthydemus.
This great victory for the arsenal of democracy ensured the establishment of a newly unified Greece that could withstand that imminent rise of the Macedonians.
Editor says, in reality he consulted his priests who unwisely suggested that the Athenians wait for another twenty-seven days, and he foolishly agreed. The Syracusans took advantage of this, and devastated the Athenian Expeditionary Force. Nicias was executed and the Peloponesian War took a turn for the worse, leading to a Spartan-led victory by the Peloponnesian League. In authoring this post, we have repurposed content from Wikipedia and Alt Wikia web sites. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.