Episode 10 – Syracuse in Retreat

SyracuseAgathocles coin
Coin depicting Agathocles with a Corinthian helmet.  The reverse side is a Pegasus.
Balearic_Slinger by Johnny Shumate
Artist’s rendition of a Balearic slinger who would have accompanied Hamilcar Gisgo’s army at the Battle of the River Himera.  Trained from a young age with their slings, they became feared and valued mercenaries across the Mediterranean. To watch a video of a modern-day Balearic slinger, click hereOriginal picture by Johnny Shumate.

Following Agathocles’s bloody and tyrannical rise to power, Carthage dispatched an army under Hamilcar Gisco to put down this new upstart regime. After committing more atrocities at Gela for good measure, Agathocles met the Carthaginians at the Battle of the River Himera. Although he almost took the Carthaginian camp by storm, his forces were driven back by Hamilcar Gisco using his Balearic slingers. After this devastating defeat, Agathocles and Syracuse stood alone against the full might of Carthage in Sicily.

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