I have now explained to you, O conscript fathers, my design in leaving the city.
Now I will briefly set before you; also, my intention in returning, which may
perhaps appear more unaccountable. As I had avoided Brundusium
, and the ordinary route into
, not without good reason, on
the first of August I arrived at Syracuse
, because the passage from that city into Greece
was said to be a good one. And that
city, with which I had so intimate a connection, could not, though it was very
eager to do so, detain me more than one night. I was afraid that my sudden
arrival among my friends might cause some suspicion if I remained there at all.
But after the winds had driven me, on my departure from Sicily
, to Leucopetra, which is a promontory
of the Rhegian district, I went up the gulf from that point, with the view of
crossing over. And I had not advanced far before I was driven back by a foul
wind to the very place which I had just quitted.