, ancient city of Sicily, on the extreme western coast. It is the modern Marsala
. It was founded (396 B.C.
) by Carthage and became a stronghold. In the First Punic War it resisted a long Roman siege (250-242 B.C.
). Rome finally won (241 B.C.
) the city and used it as a base for the African campaign of Scipio Africanus Major
. The city was famous for its harbor.
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