Dionysius, seeing that the
mercenaries were most hostile to him and fearing that they might depose him, first of all
arrested Aristotle, their commander.
At this, when the body of
them ran together under arms and demanded their pay with some sharpness, Dionysius declared
that he was sending Aristotle to Lacedaemon to face trial among his fellow citizens, and
offered to the mercenaries, who numbered about ten thousand, in lieu of their pay the city and
territory of the Leontines.
To this they gladly agreed because
the territory was good land, and after portioning it out in allotments they made their home in
Leontini. Dionysius then recruited other mercenaries and trusted in them and his freedmen to
maintain the government.
the disaster which the Carthaginians had suffered, the survivors from the cities of Sicily that
had been enslaved gathered together, gained back their native lands, and revived their
Dionysius settled in Messene a thousand Locrians,
four thousand Medmaeans,1
and six hundred
Messenians from the Peloponnesus who were exiles from Zacynthus and Naupactus. But when he
observed that the Lacedaemonians were offended that the Messenians whom they had driven out
were settled in a renowned city, he removed them from Messene, and giving them a place on the
sea, he cut off some of the area of Abacaene and annexed it to their territory.
The Messenians named their city Tyndaris, and by living in concord
together and admitting many to citizenship, they speedily came to number more than five
Dionysius waged a number of campaigns against the territory of the Siceli, in the course of
which he took Menaenum and Morgantinum and struck a treaty with Agyris, the tyrant of the
Agyrinaeans, and Damon, the lord of the Centoripans, as well as with the Herbitaeans and the
Assorini. He also gained by treachery Cephaloedium, Solus, and Enna, and made peace besides
with the Herbessini.
Such was the state of affairs in Sicily at