the river Sicanus in Iberia.
It was from them that the island, before called Trinacaria, took its name
of Sicania, and to the present day they inhabit the west of Sicily.
On the fall of Ilium, some of the Trojans escaped from the Achaeans, came
in ships to Sicily, and settled next to the Sicanians under the general name
of Elymi; their towns being called Eryx and Egesta.
With them settled some of the Phocians carried on their way from Troy by a
storm, first to Libya, and afterwards from thence to Sicily.
The Sicels crossed over to Sicily from their first home Italy, flying from
the Opicans, as tradition says and as seems not unlikely, upon rafts, having
watched till the wind set down the strait to effect the passage; although perha
relationship to the Leontines and constant friendship for
If Nicias was prepared for the news from Egesta, his two colleagues were
taken completely by surprise.
The Egestaeans had had recourse to the following stratagem, when the first
envoys from Athens came to inspect their resources.
They took the envoys in question to the temple of Aphrodite at Eryx and
showed them the treasures deposited there; bowls, wine-ladles, censers, and a large number of other pieces of plate,
which from being in silver gave an impression of wealth quite out of
proportion to their really small value.
They also privately entertained the ships' crews, and collected all the
cups of gold and silver that they could find in Egesta itself or could