Drepana & Eryx part 10.
When the negotiations with
had been completed, Hamilcar Barca transferred his troops from Eryx to
Lilybaeum and handed them over to the garrison commander Gisgo and put down his
Polybios III, 9:
"He (Hamilcar) was in the war for
unbeaten, because he believed he maintained to have in his troops in Eryx the
same militancy maintained as he himself had to have." Sicily
, her Latin equivalent, kept a
special position there in Roman times. There maybe truth in the tradition which
said that the town of temple of Venus Sicca on the border of
was founded by people from Eryx. Numidia
Slowly the importance of Drepana and Eryx are diminishing in Roman times. Only Plinius (32.21) makes at last a significant remark: “The most prized coral found in the Gallic gulf at the Stoechaden, in the Sicilian sea with the
Aeolian Islands and
The events of the first Roman war around Drepana and Eryx remain long hanging in the minds of the people by the end of the 3rd century BC. Livy writes there a few down. The question is whether they would have said it really that way. Anyway Livy thinks they did:
- Speech Hanno in 219 v.C in
He warns of the coming war. Carthage
XXI, 10: "... Do you still think back to the Aegatic islands and
, and all you have
endured for 24 years on land and sea - and not directed by this guy, but by his
father Hamilcar , a second Mars, as they claim it. " Mount
- Speech consul Publius Scipio in 218 BC, just before the first confrontation with
Hannibal at Ticino.
XXI, 68-69: "... I would like to take the acid test, or the earth in the last twenty years has produced suddenly other Carthaginians, or that this is the same who fought in the Aegatic islands and which you allowed to leave of Mount Eryx after paying a fee of 18 denarii each man .....
----- We had the chance to kill them when they were trapped at
, with the heaviest
punishment for humans: hunger. We had a chance with our victorious fleet to
Africa to stabbing over and within a few days to destroy Carthage without a
fight - but we have them beg forgiveness bestowed on them, we let them leave out
of the siege ....
- Quintus Fabius Maximus talks in
in 205 BC to Publius Cornelius Scipio, where he draws a comparison between
Hamilcar and Hannibal. Rome
XXVIII, 41: ".... You're not implying that Hamilcar as a captain should be valued more than
..... Would you prefer to get the name of the man who pulled Hamilcar from Drepana and Eryx or the man that have driven out the Punics and Hannibal of Italy? "
What is still visible?
- Phoenician wall from the 6th century BC with Phoenician letters inscribed.
- Terracotta figures from the Hellenistic period.
- Demon head of a male with curly hair and smooth beard.
- several inscriptions, under which stones from
with the names of Himilk, Baalhanno, MTR, Baalazor (4x), Maharbaal, Yatonbaal
and Abešmoen and consecrations to Tanit and Baal Hammon (see: Tre stele
Cartaginese con iscrizioni del museo nazionale
pepoli di ,
M.J.Fuentes-Estanol, RSF V 1977). Trapani
- Excavations with a circular ditch, wall, wells, columns.
- Excavations of the cemetery outside the walls near the Porte Trapani from the 3rd century BC
- Punic and Cypriot figurines.
- Indigenous bronze statuettes.
- Egyptian statues of Isis and Horus.
- Amphorae with Punic letters and symbols.
- Coins (tetradrachms).
This was my story of: Drepana and ….
’ r k (punic name), Erux (greek name), Eryx (latin name), Erice (now).