Leptines, who was stationed on one wing and excelled in courage, ended his
life in a blaze of glory, fighting heroically and after slaying many Carthaginians. At his fall
the Phoenicians were emboldened and pressed so hard upon their opponents that they put them to
Dionysius, whose troops were a select band, at first
had the advantage over his opponents; but when the death of Leptines became known and the other
wing was crushed, his men were dismayed and took to flight.
When the rout became general, the Carthaginians pursued the more eagerly and called out to
one another to take no one captive; and so all who were caught were put to death and the whole
region close at hand was heaped with dead.
So great was the
slaughter, as the Phoenicians recalled past injuries, that the slain among the Sicilian Greeks
were found to number more than fourteen thousand. The survivors, who found safety in the camp,
were preserved by the coming of night. After their great victory in a pitched battle the
Carthaginians retired to Panormus.1
The Carthaginians, bearing
their victory as men should, dispatched ambassadors to Dionysius and gave him the opportunity
to end the war. The tyrant gladly accepted the proposals, and peace was declared on the terms
that both parties should hold what they previously possessed, the only exception being that the
Carthaginians received both the city of the Selinuntians and its territory and that of Acragas
as far as the river called Halycus. And Dionysius paid the Carthaginians one thousand
This was the state of affairs in Sicily.