When the Greeks were
to their surprise caught in such hopeless peril as we have described, the barbarians descended
into the plain. A battle took place and there fell of the Italian Greeks, overwhelmed as they
were by the multitude of the Leucanians, more than ten thousand men, since the Leucanians gave
orders to save no one alive. Of the survivors some fled to a height on the sea, and others,
seeing warships sailing toward them and thinking they belonged to the Rhegians, fled in a body
to the sea and swam out to the triremes.
The approaching fleet
belonged to Dionysius the tyrant, under command of his brother Leptines, and had been sent to
the aid of the Leucanians. Leptines received the swimmers kindly, set them on land, and
persuaded the Leucanians to accept a mina1
of silver for each captive, the number of whom was over a thousand.
Leptines went surety for the ransom money, reconciled the Italian Greeks
with the Leucanians, and persuaded them to conclude peace. He won great acclaim among the
Italian Greeks, having settled the war, as he had, to his own advantage, but without any profit
to Dionysius. For Dionysius hoped that, if the Italian Greeks were embroiled in war with the
Leucanians, he might appear and easily make himself master of affairs in Italy, but if they
were rid of such a dangerous war, his success would be difficult. Consequently he relieved
Leptines of his command2
appointed Thearides, his other brother, commander of the fleet.
Subsequent to these events the Romans portioned out in
allotments the territory of the Veians, giving each holder four plethra, but according to other
The Romans were at war with the Aequi and
took by storm the city of Liphlus4
; and they began war upon the people of Velitrae, who had revolted. Satricum
also revolted from the Romans; and they dispatched a colony to Cercii.