Biography of King of Siracusa Hierón II (306-216 a.C.)

King of Syracuse, son of Hierocles, who was born around the year 306 and died in 216 B.c. After a glorious expedition against the mamertines, was proclaimed King in 270. Allied with the Carthaginians against the Romans, who had spoken in favour of the mamertines, but later made peace with the latter and always remained in good relations with them, providing them with effective support in the first and Second Punic Wars. He ruled justly, waived protection to its relative Archimedes, decorated Syracuse with excellent monuments and built machines that served for his defense, and then the Romans employed.