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[nish-ee-uh s] /ˈnɪʃ i əs/
died 413 b.c, Athenian statesman and general. Unabridged
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  • The first of these periods lasted for ten years, down to the peace of Nicias.

  • The second extends from the peace of Nicias to the massacre of Melos.

  • On no other condition, added Nicias, would he undertake the command.

  • Yet for some time Nicias made no attempt to interrupt its progress.

  • While Demosthenes argued, and Nicias demurred, Gylippus had not been idle.

  • In the mind of Nicias, enslaved by the grossest superstition, there was no room for doubt.

  • When Nicias had concluded his stirring appeal, the embarkation of the troops began.

  • The vigilance and activity of Nicias never relaxed for a moment.

  • I will tell you, Nicias and Laches, even at the risk of being tedious, how we came to think of this.

    Laches Plato
  • And yet Nicias, would you allow that you are yourself a soothsayer, or are you neither a soothsayer nor courageous?

    Laches Plato
British Dictionary definitions for Nicias


died 414 bc, Athenian statesman and general. He ended the first part of the Peloponnesian War by making peace with Sparta (421)
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