"Phoenicians whose ancestors had been priests of Tyrian Melcarth, or claimed kindred with the Zidonian Iah"
Iah was a god of ancient Egypt, and Melcarth
a protector god perhaps originally of Tyre, who was spread around the Mediterranean and protected the Phoenician areas of Sicily. These gods came to Sicily with the Phoenician colonists, who established cities on the west side of the island, the Greeks on the east. Later, they would clash in the Greek Punic Wars.