such a throng of men, women, and children deserting the city, at once endless lamentation and
tears pervaded all homes. For while they were panic-stricken from fear of the enemy, at the
same time they were also under necessity, because of their haste, of leaving behind as booty
for the barbarians the possessions on which they had based their happiness; for when Fortune
was robbing them of the comforts they enjoyed in their homes, they thought that they should be
content that at least they were preserving their lives.
one could see the abandonment not only of the opulence of so wealthy a city but also of a
multitude of human beings. For the sick were neglected by their relatives, everyone taking
thought for his own safety, and those who were already far advanced in years were abandoned
because of the weakness of old age; and many, reckoning even separation from their native city
to be the equivalent of death, laid hands upon themselves in order that they might breathe
their last in the dwellings of their ancestors.
multitude which left the city was given armed escort by the soldiers to Gela
; and the highway and all parts of the countryside which
led away toward the territory of the Geloans were crowded with women and children intermingled
with maidens, who, changing from the pampered life to which they had been accustomed to a
strenuous journey by foot and extreme hardship, held out to the end, since fear nerved their
Now these got safely to Gela1
and at a later time made their home in
Leontini, the Syracusans having given them this city for their dwelling-place.