24.The city of Epidamnus is situated on the right hand as you sail up the Ionian Gulf.The1 neighboring inhabitants are the Taulantians, a barbarian tribe of the Illyrian
The place was colonised by the Corcyraeans,but under the leadership of a Corinthian, Phalius, son of Eratocleides, who was of the
lineage of Heracles; he was invited, according to ancient custom, from the mother city,and Corinthians and other Dorians joined in the colony.
In process of time Epidamnus became great and populous,
but there followed a long period of civil commotion, and the city is said to have been
brought low in a war against the neighboring barbarians, and to have lost
her ancient power.
At last, shortly before the Peloponnesian War, the notables were overthrown and driven
out by the people; the exiles went2 over to the barbarians, and, uniting with them, plundered the remaining
inhabitants both by sea and land.
These, finding themselves hard pressed, sent3 an embassy to the mother-city Corcyra, begging the Corcyraeans not to leave them
to their fate, but to reconcile them to the exiles and settle the war with the
The ambassadors came, and sitting as suppliants in the temple of Herè
preferred their request;but the Corcyraeans would not listen to them, and they returned without success.
The story of Epidamnus. Civil strife and war with the barbarians.
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