At the conclusion of this year, in Athens Demostratus
took over the archonship, and in Rome the consular magistracy was administered by six military
tribunes, Lucius Titinius,
Publius Licinius, Publius Melaeus,
Quintus Mallius, Gnaeus Genycius, and Lucius Atilius. After these magistrates had entered
office, Magon, the Carthaginian general, was stationed in Sicily. He set about retrieving the
Carthaginian cause after the disaster they had suffered,
he showed kindness to the subject cities and received the victims of Dionysius' wars. He also
formed alliances with most of the Siceli and, after gathering armaments, launched an attack
upon the territory of Messene. After ravaging the countryside and seizing much booty he marched
from that place and went into camp near the city of Abacaene, which was his ally.
When Dionysius came up with his army, the forces drew up for battle, and
after a sharp engagement Dionysius was the victor. The Carthaginians fled into the city after a
loss of more than eight hundred men, while Dionysius withdrew for the time being to Syracuse;
but after a few days he manned one hundred triremes and set out against the Rhegians.
Arriving unexpectedly by night before the city, he put fire
to the gates and set ladders against the walls. The Rhegians, coming up in defence as they did
at first in small numbers, endeavoured to put out the flames, but later, when their general
Heloris arrived and advised them to do just the opposite, they saved the city.
For if they had put out the fire, they would not have been strong enough
to prevent Dionysius from entering, being far too small a number; but by bringing firewood and
timbers from the neighbouring houses they made the flames higher, until the main body of their
troops could assemble in arms and come to the defence.
Dionysius, who had failed of his design, traversed the countryside, wasting it in flames and
cutting down orchards, and then concluded a truce for a year and sailed off to Syracuse.