After Nicias had set forth
these and many other considerations appropriate to the proposal before the people, Alcibiades,
who was the principal advocate of the opposite view and a most prominent Athenian, persuaded
the people to enter upon the war; for this man was the ablest orator among the citizens and was
widely known for his high birth, wealth, and skill as a general.
At once, then, the people got ready a strong fleet, taking thirty triremes from their
allies and equipping one hundred of their own.
And when they
had fitted these ships out with every kind of equipment that is useful in war, they enrolled
some five thousand hoplites and elected three generals, Alcibiades, Nicias, and Lamachus, to be
in charge of the campaign.
were the matters with which the Athenians were occupied. And as for us, since we are now at the
beginning of the war between the Athenians and the Syracusans, pursuant to the plan we
announced at the beginning of this Book1
we shall assign to the next Book the events which follow.