Fragment of a decree stele
From the Acropolis of Athens. 415 BC.
EPIGRAPHIC MUSEUM, ΕΜ 6591b
It preserves the decision of the Assembly of the People to send to Sicily sixty ships (HEXΣΕΚΟΝΤΑ ΝΑΥΣ) in response to the appeal of Segesta for help in its conflict with Selinus. This appeal was the pretext for the Sicilian Expedition, an ambitious plan of the Athenians to secure control of Sicily.