Now that the Carthaginians
had suffered defeat on land as well as on sea, they entered into negotiations with Dionysius
without the knowledge of the Syracusans. They asked him to allow their remaining troops to
cross back to Libya and promised to give him the three hundred talents which they had there in
Dionysius replied that he would not be able to
allow the whole army to escape, but he consented to their citizen troops alone withdrawing
secretly at night by sea; for he knew that the Syracusans and their allies would not allow him
to make any such terms with the enemy.
Dionysius acted as he
did to avoid the total destruction of the Carthaginian army, in order that the Syracusans, by
reason of their fear of the Carthaginians, should never find a time of ease to assert their
freedom. Accordingly Dionysius agreed that the flight of the Carthaginians should take place by
night on the fourth day hence and led his army back into the city.
Himilcon during the night conveyed the three hundred
talents to the acropolis and delivered them to the persons stationed on the island by the
tyrant, and then himself, when the time agreed upon had arrived, manned forty triremes during
the night with the citizens of Carthage and began his flight, abandoning all the rest of his
He had already made his way across the harbour, when
some of the Corinthians observed his flight and speedily reported it to Dionysius. Since
Dionysius took his time in calling the soldiers to arms and gathering the commanders, the
Corinthians did not wait for him but speedily put out to sea against the Carthaginians, and
vying with each other in their rowing they caught up with the last Phoenician ships, which they
shattered with their rams and sent to the bottom.
Dionysius led out the army, but the Siceli, who were serving in the army of the Carthaginians,
forestalling the Syracusans, fled through the interior and, almost to a man, made their way in
safety to their native homes.
Dionysius stationed guards at
intervals along the roads and then led his army against the enemy's camp, while it was still
night. The barbarians, abandoned as they were by their general, by the Carthaginians, and by
the Siceli as well, were dispirited and fled in dismay.
were taken captive as they fell in with the guards on the roads, but the majority threw down
their arms, surrendered themselves, and asked only that their lives be spared. Some Iberians
alone massed together with their arms and dispatched a herald to treat about taking service
Dionysius made peace with the Iberians and enrolled
them in his mercenaries,1
but the rest
of the multitude he made captive and whatever remained of the baggage he turned over to the
soldiers to plunder.