The same winter the Athenians resolved to
sail again to Sicily, with a greater armament than that under Laches and
Eurymedon, and, if possible, to conquer the island; most of them being ignorant of its size and of the number of its
inhabitants, Hellenic and barbarian, and of the fact that they were
undertaking a war not much inferior to that against the Peloponnesians.
For the voyage round Sicily in a merchantman is not far short of eight
days; and yet, large as the island is, there are only two miles of sea to prevent
its being mainland.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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