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3Adw brl71'eOos; (§ 2) is to be identi fied with the Valle San Mauro, and the two ridges on either sid•· with the Colle San Mauro to the west and the Rocca Sandola to th•· east of this valley. The excavations of 195o-2 revealed the southem gate, pepwv €77'i EvpaKovcras (§ 4), which lay in the col at the southen. end of the Valle San Mauro, a fiattish area some zoo m. long from 36 DESCRIPTION OF LEONTINI 0L___L_ 100 _____________ SOO L_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ VII. 6 llnl ~ I. THE SITE OF HELLENISTIC LEONTINI north to south and about 25 m.
4. o ~-tEv ••. Tl Iup11ttouaa,: this gate has been located; see Rizza, Not. d. scav. 1955, 284~. 3i3~. with plan on p. :z85. It was protected by outflanking walls on either side, which linked up with the continuous fortifications on the two hills. However, Rizza concludes that both gate and fortifications were destroyed after 424, and not rebuilt in the fourth century; Dionysius replaced them by a series of strong-points (cf. Diod. xxii. 8. 5. \w Kat TCL ,PpmJpta . ). Rizza found traces of a later military work superimposed on the fourth-century necropolis just outside the gate; it bore signs of hasty construction and he associated it with the last attempt of Leontini to secure its freedom after Hieronymus' death; cf.
Ad Aen. iii. 402; Solinus, 2. ro). See Nissen, It. Land. ii. ¢3-7. Despite the words quoted (they may be due to compression by Athenaeus: De Sanctis, iii. 2. 214 n. r3), Hannibal did not himself take part in the siege. The Punic commander was Hanno (App. Hann. 29; cf. Livy, xxiii. 41. r2, xxiv. 1. r) or, according to Livy, xxiii. 30. 1, Himilco. Frontinus (Strat. iv. 5· r8) also gives eleven months as the 3. so CAPUA ANDj_PETELIA VII. 2. I duration of the which will have ended in summer 215. On the siege see also Livy, xxiii.