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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on the very same day on which Leonidas and his followers de-
voted themselves at Thermopylae1.

The enmity between the Selinuntians and Syracusans was not
of long duration; for a few years after the event just narrated,
and in the seventy-eighth Olympiad, we find the Selinuntians
engaging to aid the Syracusans in their struggle to free them-
selves from the yoke of the tyrant Thrasybulus, who, after the
death of his elder brother Hiero, had succeeded to the despot-
ism established by Gelon, but without inheriting the virtues
which had rendered the usurpation of that great man toler-

About this time also, Selinus afforded an asylum to Giscon
the Carthaginian, who, proscribed by his countrymen on account
of the disaster which had happened to his father, Hamilcar, at
Himera, had fled to Sicily, and ended his days in tranquillity at
Selinus'. We shall shortly see how little her hospitality on this
occasion affected the gratitude of the son of the same Giscon,
when in command of an army destined for the destruction of
Selinus; an event not far distant, and to the period of which our
narration is now hastening.

It has already appeared at how early a period of their career
the Selinuntians were involved in disputes with their neighbours
the iEgestans. Their quarrels were on points of tenitorial

1 Diod. Sic. lib. xi. 2-t. or, according to Herodotus, lib. vn. I lib', and Aristotle, Foot. 2,
tlic same day in wfm-Ii the dirk-, obtained the victury of Sulamis. over tbe Persians.

1 Diod. Sic lib. xi. 03.
' Diod. Sic. lib. xm. 48.
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