What factors and incentives influenced the Athenian decision to invade Sicily? How might Nicias, an experienced and respected general, have communicated the risks of the campaign more effectively?

Reference materials must come from Robert Strawser, ED., The landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (New York: The Free Press 1996).

Pay strict attention to the question, and show great discipline in the writing process. If providing quotes, make sure to indicate the page numbers in parentheses.