Now at the time when Dionysius was still master of Syracuse,
Hicetas had taken the field against it with a large force,1
and at first constructing a
stockaded camp at the Olympieium carried on war against the tyrant in the city,
but as the siege dragged on and provisions ran out, he started back to
Leontini, for that was the city which served as his base. Dionysius set out in hot pursuit and
overtook his rear, attacking it at once,
but Hicetas wheeled
upon him, joined battle, and having slain more than three thousand of the mercenaries, put the
rest to flight. Pursuing sharply and bursting into the city with the fugitives, he got
possession of all Syracuse except the Island.2
the situation as regards Hicetas and Dionysius.
Three days after the capture of Syracuse, Timoleon put in at Rhegium and
anchored off the city.3
The Carthaginians promptly turned up with twenty triremes, but
the people of Rhegium helped Timoleon to escape the trap. They called a general assembly in the
city and staged a formal debate on the subject of a settlement. The Carthaginians expected that
Timoleon would be prevailed upon to sail back to Corinth and kept a careless watch. He,
however, giving no hint of an intention to slip away, remained close to the tribunal, but
secretly ordered nine of his ships to put to sea immediately.
Then, while the Carthaginians concentrated their attention on the intentionally long-winded
Rhegians, Timoleon stole away unnoticed to his remaining ship and quickly sailed out of the
harbour. The Carthaginians, though outmanoeuvred, set out in pursuit,
but his fleet had gained a substantial lead, and as night fell it was able to reach
Tauromenium before being overtaken.
was the leading man of this city and had constantly favoured the Syracusan cause, welcomed the
fugitives hospitably and did much to ensure their safety.
Hicetas now put himself at the head of five thousand of his
best soldiers and marched against the Adranitae, who were hostile to him, encamping near their
city. Timoleon added to his force some soldiers from Tauromenium and marched out of that city,
having all told no more than a thousand men.
Setting out at
nightfall, he reached Adranum on the second day, and made a surprise attack on Hicetas's men
while they were at dinner. Penetrating their defences he killed more than three hundred men,
took about six hundred prisoners, and became master of the camp.5
Capping this manoeuvre with another, he proceeded forthwith
to Syracuse. Covering the distance at full speed, he fell on the city without warning, having
made better time than those who were routed and fleeing.6
Such were the events that took place in this year.