Angell, Samuel
Sculptured metopes discovered amongst the ruins of the ancient city of Selinus in Sicily by William Harris and Samuel Angell in the year 1823 — London, 1826

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This severity however was somewhat relaxed, through favour
to one citizen, the orator Empedion, who in his public conduct
had always shewn himself favourable towards the Carthaginians,
and had advised the Selinuntians against the war. On his inter-
cession, Hannibal bberated to him all the prisoners whom he
could claim as relations, and granted permission to those Seli-
nuntians who had escaped by flight, to return and inhabit their
city, on condition of paying tribute to Carthage.

The Agrigentines were not the only people whom compassion
prompted to alleviate the fate of the unfortunate Selinuntians.
On the siege of Ephesus by the Athenians, in the last year of
the ninety-second Olympiad, the Syracusans and Selinuntians
with their naval force assisted in the defence of that city. On
the discomfiture and retreat of the Athenians, the Ephesians
paid every honour, both public and private, to the Syracusans
and Selinuntians who had distinguished themselves in the en-
gagement, and they granted perpetual immunity to all who
should choose to become citizens of Ephesus; and this was de-
creed more especially in consideration of the Selinuntians, and
of the recent destruction of their city, that, being deprived of
a country of their own, they might enjoy the privileges of
Ephesian citizens1.

Shortly after the destruction of Selinus by the Carthaginians,
the city in its dismantled state was seized upon by Hermocrates,
a banished leader of Syracuse. Contemplating a forcible return
to his native city, he had collected five triremes, and a body of
a thousand men, but his design being frustrated, he was reduced

1 Xcnophon, Hist. tira?c. lib. i. I)i™l. Sic. lib. xin. 64.
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