About the Book: The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan, is the third volume in the four-volume set, The Complete History of the Peloponnesian War. As I found out with the first volume, The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War, this title along with the others in the complete set were gifted to Richard Gilmore by Lorelai (with help from Rory) on his 60th birthday.
Like with the first two books, I found this one to be long and boring. The short version of the story is this: after the first phase of wars, Sparta and Athens come up with a peace treaty that doesn’t seem to be very effective. But before war breaks out again, Athens decides to send an expedition to attend to allies in Sicily. However, the expedition is seems doomed from the start, goes from bad to worse, and Nicias and the Athenian hoplites that are sent are utterly defeated and barely make it back home. Knowing that the final volume is titled The Fall of the Athenian Empire, we can see how this disastrous expedition and weak peace treaty sets up Athens to be defeated by Sparta later.
That’s the gist of the book, as best as I was able to understand it. Again, having little interest in this topic, it was difficult for me to retain more information that the 30,000 foot picture. Kagan does not write for the layman. I’m looking forward to being done with this series.
About the Papercut: As I’ve mentioned before, the design idea for this set of book covers is all about typography and minimalism. I adapted the scene from a Greek graphic I found on Pinterest, that looked like soldiers sitting down to sign a peace treaty. I kept the typography the same as the previous volumes, and am alternating the colors used but keeping them to blues and teals. It’s nothing particularly unique or complicated, but I think the papercuts are coming out quite nicely. Although papercutting these titles is much, much better than reading them, I’m still looking forward to moving on to a different project soon.
Up Next: Next title in the volume is The Fall of the Athenian Empire. I can’t wait to finish it— for real, I want to be done with Greek history please and thank you.