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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK VI., CHAPTER III. (search)
rance of the harbour,
it still preserves some slight relics of its ancient magnificence
and gifts, but the chief of them were destroyed either by the
CarthaginiansIn the year 213 or 212 B. C. when they took the city, or by the RomansB. C. 209.
when they took it by force and sacked it. Amongst other
booty taken on this occasionIt is said the pictures and statues taken on this occasion were nearly
as numerous as those found at Syracuse. was the brazen colossus of Hercules, the work ofs for their meetings, should be properly fortified for
their reception.—And indeed they say that the misfortune326 B. C.
of that prince was chiefly due to a want of good feeling on
their part. They were deprived of their liberty during the
wars209 B. C. of Hannibal, but have since received a Roman colony,124 B. C.
and now live in peace and are in a more prosperous state
than ever. They also engaged in war with the Messapii
concerning Heraclea, when they counted the kings of the