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Tango0103 Oct 2022 8:50 p.m. PST

"Syracuse was the biggest and most important of the Greek colonies set up on Sicily, and in the later fifth century BCE it was of much the same size as Athens. Although very much a part of the Greek world, it had not been directly involved in the Peloponnesian War, but as it was founded and populated by Dorian Greeks, its sympathies were with the fellow Dorians of Sparta rather than the Ionian Athenians. Its chief local adversary was Carthage, with whom it fought for control over the island, but when Athens sent a large fleet and army to attack it in 415 BCE it found itself in conflict with the Greek power. After initial despondency, the city-state successfully resisted, and with the help of Dorian allies from Greece it destroyed the invaders two years later. Thus the ‘Sicilian Expedition' ended in triumph, leaving the city to focus once more on its rivalry with Carthage…."


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