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The Siege of Agrigentum When the text of this treaty reached Rome, and the The Carthaginians alarmed at Hiero's defection make great efforts to increase their army i
confront their enemy and
maintain their own interests in Sicily. They select Agrigentum as their headquarters. Accordingly, they enlisted mercenaries from over sea
number of Iberians—and despatched them to Sicily. And
perceiving that Agrigentum possessed the greatest natural advantages as a place of arms, and was the mos us Postumius Megellus and Quintus Mamilius Vitulus, determine to lay siege to Agrigentum. Observing
the measure which the Carthaginians were taking, and the forces they were concentrating at
Agrigentum, they made up their minds to take
that matter in hand and strike a bold blow.
Accordingly they suspended every other department of the war, and bearing down upon Agrigentum itself with their whole army, attacked it in force; pitched their
camp within a distance of eight stades from the city; and
The Siege of Agrigentum When the text of this treaty reached Rome, and the The Carthaginians alarmed at Hiero's defection make great efforts to increase their army in Sicily. people had approved and confirmed the terms made with Hiero, the Roman government thereupon decided not to send all their forces, as they had intended doing, but only two legions. For they thought that the gravity of the war was lessened by the adhesion of the king, and at the same time that the army would thus be better off for provisions. But when the Carthaginian government saw that Hiero had become their enemy, and that the Romans were taking a more decided part in Sicilian politics, they conceived that they must have a more formidable force to enable them to confront their enemy and maintain their own interests in Sicily. They select Agrigentum as their headquarters. Accordingly, they enlisted mercenaries from over sea —a large number of Ligurians and Celts, and a still larger number of Iberians—and despatc