When Antidotus was archon in Athens
Romans elected as consuls Lucius Postumius and Marcus Horatius. During this year Ducetius, who
held the leadership of the Siceli, seized the city of Aetna
, having treacherously slain its leader, and then he moved with an army into
the territory of the Acragantini and laid siege to Motyum, which was held by a garrison of
Acragantini; and when the Acragantini and the Syracusans came to the aid of the city, he joined
battle with them, was successful, and drove them both out of their camps.
But since at the time winter was setting in, they separated and returned
to their homes; and the Syracusans found their general Bolcon, who was responsible for the
defeat and was thought to have had secret dealings with Ducetius, guilty of treason and put him
to death. With the beginning of summer they appointed a new general, to whom they assigned a
strong army with orders to subdue Ducetius.
setting out with his army, came upon Ducetius while he was encamped near Nomae; a fierce
struggle ensued and many fell on both sides, but with difficulty the Syracusans overpowered and
routed the Siceli, slaying many of them as they fled. Of those who survived the battle the
larger number found safety in the strongholds of the Siceli, but a few chose to share the hopes
While these things were taking place, the
Acragantini forced the capitulation of the stronghold of Motyum, which was held by the Siceli
who stayed with Ducetius, and then, uniting their troops with the Syracusans who had already
won the victory, they now camped together. As for Ducetius, now that he had been completely
crushed by his defeat and that some of his soldiers were deserting and others plotting against
him, he had come to the depths of despair.