Such were the peoples serving with the
Athenians.Against these the Syracusans had the Camarinaeans their neighbors, the
Geolans who live next them, and then passing over the neutral Agrigentines,
the Selinuntines settled on the farther side of the island.
These inhabit the part of Sicily looking towards Libya; the Himeraeans came from the side towards the Tyrrhenian sea, being the
only Hellenic inhabitants in that quarter, and the only people that came
from thence to the aid of the Syracusans.
Of the Hellenes in Sicily the above peoples joined in the war, all Dorians
and independent, and of the barbarians the Sicels only, that is to say, such
as did not go over to the Athenians.Of the Hellenes outside Sicily there were the Lacedaemonians, who provided
a Spartan to take the command, and a force of Neodamodes or Freedmen, and of
Helots; the Corinthians, who alone joined with naval and land forces, with their
Leucadian and Ambraciot kinsmen; some mercenaries sent by Corinth from Arcadia; some Sicyonians forced to serve, and from outside Peloponnese the
In comparison, however with these foreign auxiliaries, the great Siceliot
cities furnished more in every department—numbers of heavy
infantry, ships and horses, and an immense multitude besides having been
brought together; while in comparison, again, one may say, with all the rest put together,
more was provided by the Syracusans themselves, both from the greatness of
the city and from the fact that they were in the greatest danger.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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