Lecture no. 17 from the course: Famous Greeks
Taught by Professor J. Rufus Fears | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
A dogged foe of Alcibiades, the conservative aristocrat Nicias (465–414 B.C.) becomes one of three commanders of the Sicilian expedition, along with his hated rival. Ultimately, supreme command devolves on Nicias. Despite his reputation for virtue, he is lazy, inept, and fears responsibility. But he is worth studying; examples of bad leadership are often the most instructive.