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City of western Sicily, also called Segesta (area
According to Thucydides (Histories, VI, 2), Egesta was founded by Trojans fleeing their city after its capture by the Achæans. The people of this part of Sicily called themselves the Elymes and maintained closed ties with the Carthaginians. Yet, toward the middle of the Vth century B. C. (possibly as soon as 453), Egesta had signed a treaty of assistance with Athens. It is this treatise that provided Alcibiades in 415 with one of his main pretexts to undertake the Sicilian expedition that proved fateful to Athens (Thucydides, VI, 6-8).