FRAGMENTA LIBRI XXIV
1. Τὴν δὲ Σελινουντίων πόλιν Καρχηδόνιοι κατασκάψαντες μετῴκισαν εἰς τὸ Λιλύβαιον. Ῥωμαῖοι δὲ ναυσὶ μακραῖς διακοσίαις τεσσαράκοντα καὶ κερκούροις ἑξήκοντα καὶ πλοίων πλήθει παντοδαπῶν κατέπλευσαν εἰς τὴν Πάνορμον, ἐκεῖθεν εἰς τὸ Λιλύβαιον, ὃ1 πολιορκεῖν ἤρξαντο. τὴν μὲν γῆν ἀπὸ θαλάσσης εἰς θάλασσαν τάφρῳ ἀπετείχισαν, καταπέλτας δὲ καὶ κριοὺς καὶ χωστρίδας καὶ χελώνας κατεσκεύασαν. τὸ δὲ στόμιον τοῦ λιμένος, πεντεκαίδεκα κερκούρους2 ναῦς λίθων πληρώσαντες, κατέχωσαν. ἦν δὲ ὁ λαὸς ὁ τῶν Ῥωμαίων ἕνδεκα μυριάδες, τῶν δὲ πολιορκουμένων πεζοὶ ἑπτακισχίλιοι, 2ἱππεῖς δὲ ἑπτακόσιοι. πολιορκουμένων δὲ αὐτῶν, ἦλθεν αὐτοῖς βοήθεια ἀπὸ Καρχηδόνος, ἄνδρες τετρακισχίλιοι καὶ σῖτος, καὶ ἀνεθάρσησαν οἱ3 μετὰ τοῦ Ἀτάρβου. οἱ δὲ Ῥωμαῖοι θεασάμενοι τὴν εἰσβολὴν τῆς δυνάμεως, λίθοις4 καὶ χώμασιν ἐκ δευτέρου τὸ στόμιον τοῦ λιμένος ἔχωσαν καὶ
Fragments of Book XXIV
1. The Carthaginians, having razed to the ground 250 B.C. the city of Selinus, removed its population to Lilybaeum. The Romans, with a fleet of two hundred and forty warships, sixty light vessels, and a large number of transports of all types, sailed into Panormus and thence to Lilybaeum, which they put under siege.1 On land they blockaded the city from sea to sea by means of a trench, and constructed catapults, battering rams, covered sheds, and penthouses. The entrance of the harbour they blocked with fifteen light vessels, which they had loaded with stones. The Roman host numbered one hundred and ten thousand, while the besieged had seven thousand infantry and seven hundred cavalry. In the course of the siege relief arrived from Carthage, four thousand men and supplies of food, and Adherbal and his men took heart again.2 The Romans, who had observed the force effecting an entrance, again blocked the mouth of the harbour with stones and jetties, and barred
- 1The story of the siege is told in detail by Polybius, 1.41–48.
- 2According to Polybius (1. 44), the relief expedition comprised 10,000 men and was headed by Hannibal; Adherbal was commander-in-chief, and was then at Drepana (1. 46). Wesseling, following Zonaras, 8. 15 (who names Ἀρδέβας as commander of the relief expedition), transposes to read: “relief arrived from Carthage—Adherbal with . . . men and supplies—and their confidence was restored.”