The Athenian generals left in Sicily now
divided the armament into two parts, and each taking one by lot, sailed with
the whole for Selinus and Egesta, wishing to know whether the Egestaeans
would give the money, and to look into the question of Selinus and ascertain
the state of the quarrel between her and Egesta.
Coasting along Sicily, with the shore on their left, on the side towards
the Tyrrhene Gulf, they touched at Himera, the only Hellenic city in that
part of the island, and being refused admission resumed their voyage.
On their way they took Hyccara, a petty Sicanian seaport, nevertheless at
war with Egesta, and making slaves of the inhabitants gave up the town to
the Egestaeans, some of whose horse had joined them; after which the army proceeded through the territory of the Sicels until it
reached Catana, while the fleet sailed along the coast with the slaves on
Meanwhile Nicias sailed straight from Hyccara along the coast and went to
Egesta, and after transacting his other business and receiving thirty
talents, rejoined the forces.They now sold their slaves for the sum of one hundred and twenty talents,
and sailed round to their Sicel allies to urge them to send troops; and meanwhile went with half their own force to the hostile town of Hybla
in the territory of Gela, but did not succeed in taking it.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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