Magon, since he was encamped in hostile territory and
was ever more and more in want of supplies, was at no little disadvantage; for the troops of
Agyris, being familiar with the territory, held the advantage in laying ambushes and were
continually cutting off the enemy's supplies.
were for deciding the issue by battle as soon as possible, but Dionysius opposed them, saying
that time and want would ruin the barbarians without fighting. Provoked to anger at this the
Syracusans deserted him.
In his first concern Dionysius
proclaimed freedom for the slaves, but later, when the Carthaginians sent embassies to discuss
peace, he negotiated with them, sent back the slaves to their masters, and made peace with the
The conditions were like the former1
except that the Siceli were to be
subject to Dionysius and that he was to receive Tauromenium. After the conclusion of the treaty
Magon sailed off, and Dionysius, on taking possession of Tauromenium, banished most of the
Siceli who were in it and selected and settled there the most suitable members of his own
Such was the
state of affairs in Sicily; and in Italy the Romans pillaged the city of Faliscus of the tribe
of the Falisci.