After this, Dionysius, who had failed and by now despaired of his tyranny, left a
considerable garrison in his citadels, while he himself, having secured permission to take up
his dead, eight hundred in number, gave their bodies a magnificent burial, causing them to be
crowned with golden crowns and wrapped in fine purple; for he hoped by his solicitude for them
to incite the survivors to fight spiritedly in defence of the tyranny; and those who had
behaved gallantly he honoured with rich gifts. And he kept sending messengers to the Syracusans
to confer about terms of a settlement.
But Dion in the matter
of his embassies, by constantly offering plausible excuses, kept making postponements, and,
when he had meanwhile constructed the remainder of the wall at his leisure, he then called for
the embassies, having outmanoeuvred1
the enemy by
encouraging their hopes of peace. When discussion arose concerning the terms of settlement,
Dion replied to the ambassadors that only one settlement was possible, namely that Dionysius
should resign his position as tyrant and then deign to accept certain privileges. But
Dionysius, since Dion's reply had been arrogant, assembled his commanders and began to
deliberate on the best means of defending himself against the Syracusans.
Having plenty of everything but grain and being in control of the sea,
he began to pillage the countryside and, finding it difficult to provide subsistence from his
foraging parties, he dispatched merchantmen and money to purchase grain. But the Syracusans,
who had many ships of war and kept putting in an appearance at opportune places, made off with
many of the supplies which were being brought in by the traders.
This was the situation of affairs in Syracuse.