From Enna Dionysius
set out to the city of the Herbitaeans and attempted to ravage it. But accomplishing nothing,
he made peace with them and led his army to Catane, for Arcesilaus, the general of the
Catanians, had offered to betray the city to him. Consequently, being admitted by Arcesilaus
about midnight, he became master of Catane. After taking their arms from the citizens, he
placed an adequate garrison in the city.
After this Procles,
the commander of the Naxians, on being won over by great promises, delivered over his native
city to Dionysius, who, after paying the promised gifts to the traitor and granting him his
kinsmen, sold the inhabitants into slavery, turned their property over to the soldiers to
plunder, and razed the walls and the dwellings.
He also meted
out a similar treatment to the Catanians, selling the captives he took as booty in Syracuse.
Now the territory of the Naxians he gave as a present to the neighbouring Siceli and granted to
the Campanians the city of the Catanians as their dwelling-place.
After this he advanced to Leontini with his entire armed strength and laid siege to the
city, and sending ambassadors to the inhabitants, he ordered them to hand over their city and
enjoy citizenship in Syracuse. The Leontines, expecting that they would receive no help and
reflecting on the fate of the Naxians and Catanians, were struck with terror in fear that they
would suffer the same misfortune. Consequently, yielding to the exigency of the moment, they
assented to the proposal, left their city, and removed to Syracuse.