Finally, when Ducetius saw that his
remaining friends were about to lay hands upon him, he anticipated them by slipping away at
night and riding off to Syracuse
. And while it
was still night he entered the market-place of the Syracusans, and seating himself at the
altars he became a suppliant of the city, placing both his person and the land which he
controlled at the disposition of the Syracusans.
multitude poured into the market-place in amazement at the unexpected event, the magistrates
called a meeting of the Assembly and laid before it the question of what should be done with
Some of those who were accustomed to curry favour
with the people advised that they should punish him as an enemy and inflict on him for his
misdeeds the appropriate penalty; but the more fairminded of the elder citizens came forward
and declared it as their opinion that they should spare the suppliant and show due regard for
Fortune and the wrath of the gods. The people should consider, they continued, not what
punishment Ducetius deserved, but what action was proper for the Syracusans; for to slay the
victim of Fortune was not fitting, but to maintain reverence for the gods as well as to spare
the suppliant was an act worthy of the magnanimity of the people.
The people thereupon cried out as with one voice from every side to spare the
suppliant. The Syracusans, accordingly, released Ducetius from punishment and sent him off to
, ordering him to spend his life in that
city and also giving him sufficient means for his support.
Since we are now at the year preceding the campaign of the
Athenians against Cyprus
under the leadership of
Cimon, pursuant to the plan announced at the beginning of this Book1
we herewith bring it to an end.