Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History

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Diodorus of Sicily


1. Ὅτι Σικελία πασῶν τῶν νήσων καλλίστη ὑπάρχει, ὡς μεγάλα δυναμένη συμβάλλεσθαι πρὸς αὔξησιν ἡγεμονίας.

2Ὅτι Ἄννων ὁ Ἀννίβου εἰς Σικελίαν ἐλθὼν καὶ τὰς δυνάμεις ἀθροίσας εἰς τὸ Λιλύβαιον, προῆλθε μέχρι Σολοῦντος, καὶ τὴν πεζὴν στρατιὰν ἀπέλιπε πλησίον τῆς πόλεως παρεμβεβληκυῖαν, αὐτὸς δὲ παρελθὼν εἰς τὴν Ἀκράγαντα ἄκραν ἐτείχισε, πείσας τὸν δῆμον φίλον ὄντα συμμαχῆσαι Καρχηδονίων.1 ἐπανελθόντος δὲ αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν ἰδίαν στρατοπεδείαν, ἧκον παρὰ Ἱέρωνος πρέσβεις περὶ τοῦ κοινῇ2 συμφέροντος. ἐποιήσαντο γὰρ συμμαχίαν Ῥωμαίους πολεμῆσαι, ἐὰν μὴ τὴν ταχίστην 3ἐκ τῆς Σικελίας ἀπαλλάττωνται. ἀμφοτέρων δὲ τὰς δυνάμεις ἀγαγόντων ἐπὶ τὴν Μεσσήνην, Ἱέρων μὲν ἐπὶ3 τοῦ λόφου τοῦ καλουμένου Χαλκιδικοῦ κατεστρατοπέδευσεν, οἱ δὲ Καρχηδόνιοι τῇ πεζῇ στρατιᾷ παρενέβαλον εἰς τὰς καλουμένας Εὐνεῖς, τῇ δὲ ναυτικῇ κατέσχον τὴν ἄκραν τὴν καλουμένην Πελωριάδα· συνεχῶς δ᾿ ἐπολιόρκουν τὴν



Fragments of Book XXIII

1. Sicily is the noblest of all islands, since it can contribute greatly to the growth of an empire.

Hanno, the son of Hannibal, went to Sicily, and 264 b.c. having gathered his forces at Lilybaeum, advanced to Solus; his land force he left encamped near the city, while he himself went on to Acragas and fortified its citadel, after having persuaded the citizens, who were already friendly to the Carthaginians, to become their allies. Upon his return to his own encampment, envoys came to him from Hiero to discuss their common interest; for they had formed an alliance to make war on the Romans unless these should quit Sicily with all speed.1 When both had brought their armies to Messana, Hiero pitched camp on the Chalcidian Mount, while the Carthaginians encamped with their land army at a place called Eunes,2 and with their naval force seized the headland called Pelorias; and they kept Messana under continuous

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.diodorus_siculus-library_history.1933