Meanwhile the envoys, already mentioned, who
had gone from Syracuse to the cities after the capture of Plemmyrium, had
succeeded in their mission, and were about to bring the army that they had
collected, when Nicias got scent of it, and sent to the Centoripae and
Alicyaeans and other of the friendly Sicels, who held the passes, not to let
the enemy through, but to combine to prevent their passing, there being no
other way by which they could even attempt it, as the Agrigentines would not
give them a passage through their country.
Agreeably to this request the Sicels laid a triple ambuscade for the
Siceliots upon their march, and attacking them suddenly, while off their
guard, killed about eight hundred of them and all the envoys, the Corinthian
only excepted, by whom fifteen hundred who escaped were conducted to
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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