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So the Achaeans, by filling up the spring, captured the town.

Others say that the cause is Cyrnus, which is separated from Sardinia by no more than eight stades of sea, and is hilly and high all over.

The reason is partly the salt that crystallizes here, partly the oppressive, violent south wind, and partly the fact that, because of the height of the mountains on the side towards Italy, the north winds are prevented, when they blow in summer, from cooling the atmosphere and the ground here.

Even at the present day they are called Ilians, but in figure, in the fashion of their arms, and in their mode of living generally, they are like the Libyans.

The Trojans made their escape to the high parts of the island, and occupied mountains difficult to climb, being precipitous and protected by stakes.

They say that the siege was not a short one, and being unable to take the city, they sent envoys to Delphi, to whom was given the following response:– [10.18.2] Dwellers in the land of Pelops and in Achaia, who to Pytho Have come to inquire how ye shall take a city, Come, consider what daily ration, Drunk by the folk, saves the city which has so drunk. [10.18.3] So not understanding what was the meaning of the oracle, they were minded to raise the siege and sail away, while the defenders paid no attention to them, one of their women coming from behind the walls to fetch water from the spring just under them.

The Achaeans dedicated an image of Athena after reducing by siege one of the cities of Aetolia, the name of which was Phana. Some of the Carthaginian mercenaries, either Libyans or Iberians, quarrelled about the booty, mutinied in a passion, and added to the number of the highland settlers. These Carthaginians, like those who preceded them, founded cities in the island, namely, Caralis and Sulci. Their horns do not stand out away from the head, but curl straight beside the ears. [] Except for one plant the island is free from poisons. The he-goats are no bigger than those found elsewhere, but their shape is that of the wild ram which an artist would carve in Aeginetan style, except that their breasts are too shaggy to liken them to Aeginetan art. I have introduced into my history of Phocis this account of Sardinia, because it is an island about which the Greeks are very ignorant. The horse next to the statue of Sardus was dedicated, says the Athenian Callias son of Lysimachides, in the inscription, by Callias himself from spoils he had taken in the Persian war.

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