Dionysius now advanced against Rhegium and prepared to lay
siege to the city with his army because of the slight he had received in connection with his
offer of marriage.1
distress gripped the Rhegians, since they had neither allies nor an army that was a match for
him in battle, and they knew, furthermore, that if the city were taken, neither pity nor
entreaty would be left them.
Therefore they decided to
dispatch ambassadors to entreat him to deal moderately with them and to urge him to make no
decision against them beyond what became a human being.
Dionysius required three hundred talents of them, took all their ships, which amounted to
seventy, and ordered the delivery of one hundred hostages. When all these had been turned over,
he set out against Caulonia. The inhabitants of this city he transplanted to Syracuse, gave
them citizenship, and allowed them exemption from taxes for five years; he then levelled the
city to the ground and gave the territory of the Cauloniates to the Locrians.
The Romans, after taking the city of
Liphoecua from the people of the Aequi, held, in accordance with the vows of the consuls, great
games in honour of Zeus.