Myrichides was archon in Athens
, the Romans elected
as consuls Lucius Julius and Marcus Geganius, and the Eleians celebrated the Eighty-fifth
Olympiad, that in which Crison of Himera won the "stadion" for the second time.2
, in this year, Ducetius, the former leader of the cities
of the Siceli, founded the native city of the Calactians,3
and when he had established many
colonists there, he laid claim to the leadership of the Siceli, but his attempt was cut short
by illness and his life was ended.
The Syracusans had made
subject to them all the cities of the Siceli with the exception of Trinacie, as it is called,
and against it they decided to send an army; for they were deeply apprehensive lest the
Trinacians should make a bid for the leadership of the Siceli, who were their kinsmen. There
were many great men in this city, since it had always occupied the chief position among the
cities of the Siceli; for it was full of military leaders who took an immense pride in their
own manly spirit.
Consequently the Syracusans marched against
it after having mustered all their own armaments and those of their allied states. The
Trinacians were without allies, since all the other cities were subject to the Syracusans, but
they none the less offered a strong resistance. They held out valiantly against the perils they
encountered and slew great numbers, and they all ended their lives fighting heroically.
In like manner even the majority of the older men removed
themselves from life, being unwilling to endure the despite they would suffer at the capture of
their city. And the Syracusans, after conquering in brilliant fashion men who had never before
been subdued, sold the inhabitants into slavery and utterly destroyed the city, and the
choicest of the booty they sent to Delphi
thank-offering to the god.