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Lamachus

(d. 414 bc)


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(d. 414 bc),

Athenian general, one of the strategoi as early as c.435 and well known for his military leadership by 425, when he was caricatured as a blustering soldier in Aristophanes' Acharnians. In 424 he led an unsuccessful expedition into the Black (Euxine) Sea. In 415 he was appointed with Alcibiades and Nicias to command the expedition to Sicily. He urged an immediate attack on Syracuse, but failed to convince his colleagues. The rapid progress of the Athenian blockade in 414 seems to have been largely due to his energetic leadership; it ended abruptly when he was killed in a skirmish. In later plays Aristophanes pays tributes to his heroism.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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