The generals in Sicily
with the armament of the Athenians to Aegesta and captured Hyccara, a small town of the Siceli,
from the booty of which they realized one hundred talents; and after receiving thirty talents
in addition from the Aegestaeans they continued their voyage to Catane
And wishing to seize, without risk to
themselves, the position1
on the Great Harbour of the
Syracusans, they sent a man of Catane
, who was loyal
to themselves and was also trusted by the Syracusan generals, with instructions to say to the
Syracusan commanders that a group of Catanaeans had banded together and were ready to seize
unawares a large number of Athenians, who made it their practice to pass the night in the city
away from their arms, and set fire to the ships in the harbour; and he was to ask the generals
that, in order to effect this, they should appear at the place with troops so that they might
not fail in their design.
When the Catanaean went to the
commanders of the Syracusans and told them what we have stated, the generals, believing his
story, decided on the night on which they would lead out their troops and sent the man back to
Now on the appointed night the Syracusans brought the army to Catane
, whereupon the Athenians, sailing down into the Great
Harbour of the Syracusans in dead silence, not only became masters of the Olympieum but also,
after seizing the entire area about it, constructed a camp.
The generals of the Syracusans, however, when they learned of the deceit which had been
practised on them, returned speedily and assaulted the Athenian camp. When the enemy came out
to meet them, there ensued a battle, in which the Athenians slew four hundred of their
opponents and compelled the Syracusans to take to flight.
the Athenian generals, seeing that the enemy were superior in cavalry and wishing to improve
their equipment for the siege of the city, sailed back to Catane. And they dispatched men to
and addressed letters to the people in
which they asked them to send cavalry and funds; for they believed that the siege would be a
long affair; and the Athenians voted to send three hundred talents and a contingent of cavalry
While these events were taking place, Diagoras, who was dubbed "the
was accused of impiety and, fearing the
people, fled from Attica
; and the Athenians announced
a reward of a talent of silver to the man who should slay Diagoras.
Romans went to war with the Aequi and reduced Labici
These, then, were the events of this year.