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Polybius, Histories, book 1, Hamilcar Barcas' Seven Years in Hercte (search)
Hamilcar Barcas' Seven Years in Hercte Next year, the eighteenth of the war, the Carthaginians B. C. 247. appointed Hamilcar Barcas general, and put the management of the fleet in his hands. Occupation of Hercte by Hamilcar. He took over the command, and started to ravage the Italian coast. After devastating the districts of Locri, and the rest of Bruttium, he sailed away with his whole fleet to the coast of Panormus and seized on a place called Hercte, which lies between Eryx and Panormus on the coast, and is reputed the best situation in the district for a safe and permanent camp. For it is a mountain rising sheer on every side, standing out above the surrounding country to a considerable height. The table-land on its summit has a circumference of not less than a hundred stades, within which the soil is rich in pasture and suitable for agriculture; the sea-breezes render it healthy; and it is entirely free from all dangerous animals. On the side which looks towards the sea, as well