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At the time that Dionysius was besieging Rhegium, the Celts1 who had their homes in the regions beyond the Alps streamed through the passes in great strength and seized the territory that lay between the Apennine mountains and the Alps, expelling the Tyrrhenians who dwelt there.

1 There are two other extended descriptions of the Gallic invasion of Rome, in Livy 5.34-49 and in Plut. Camillus 16-29. The account by Diodorus is by far the most reliable (cp. Beloch, Römische Geschichte, pp. 311 ff.; SchweglerBaur, 3, pp. 234 ff.).

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