Dionysius covered a distance of four hundred stades1
and arrived at the gates of Achradine
about the middle of the night with a hundred cavalry and six hundred infantry, and finding the
gate closed, he piled upon it reeds brought from the marshes such as the Syracusans are
accustomed to use to bind their stucco. While the gates were being burned down, he gathered to
his troops the laggards.
And when the fire had consumed the
gates, Dionysius with his followers made their way through Achradine, and the stoutest soldiers
among the cavalry, when they heard what had happened, without waiting for the main body, and
although they were very few in number, rushed forth at once to aid in the resistance. They were
gathered in the market-place, and there they were surrounded by the mercenaries and shot down
to a man.
Then Dionysius, ranging through the city, slew any
who came out here and there to resist him, and entering the houses of those who were hostile
toward him, some of them he killed and others he banished from the city. The main body of the
cavalry which was left fled from the city and occupied Aetne, as it is now called.
At daybreak the main body of the mercenaries and the army of the
Sicilian Greeks arrived at Syracuse, but the Geloans and Camarinaeans, who were at odds with
Dionysius, left him and departed to Leontini.