Himilcon seized the suburb of Achradine; and he also plundered the temples of both
Demeter and Core, for which acts of impiety against the divinity he quickly suffered a fitting
penalty. For his fortune quickly worsened from day to day, and whenever Dionysius made bold to
skirmish with him, the Syracusans had the better of it.
at night unaccountable tumults would arise in the camp and the soldiers would rush to arms,
thinking that the enemy was attacking the palisade. To this was added a plague which was the
cause of every kind of suffering. But of this we shall speak a little later, in order that our
account may not anticipate the proper time.
Now when he threw a wall about the camp, Himilcon destroyed practically
all the tombs in the area, among which was that of Gelon and his wife Demarete, of costly
He also built
three forts along the sea, one at Plemmyrium,2
one at the middle of the harbour, and one by the temple of Zeus, and into
them he brought wine and grain and all other provisions, believing that the siege would
continue a long time.
He also dispatched merchant ships to
Sardinia and Libya to secure grain and every kind of food. Polyxenus, the brother-in-law of
Dionysius, arrived from the Peloponnesus and Italy, bringing thirty warships from his allies,
the Lacedaemonian as