Αἴγυπτος προπάροιθεν ἐπ᾽ ἐννέα κάρφετο ποίας
τὴν κείνου Φάλαρις πρῆξιν ἀπεπλάσατο
πρῶτος ἐπεὶ τὸν ταῦρον ἐκαίνεσεν, ὅς τὸν ὄλεθρον
εὗρε τὸν ἐν χαλκῶι καὶ πυρὶ γιγνόμενον
Fr. 44 Harder (= 44 Pf., = 51-53 Mass.) EtGen. AB s.v. ποῖα
Fr. 45 Harder (= 45 Pf.) Σ ss3s4, Tz. Lyc. 717
Fr. 46 Harder (= 46 Pf. + SH 252) Σ DEFGQ Pi.P. 1.185
This fragment is not directly linked with the two previous aitia, but Phalaris does return the focus to Sicily, since he was the tyrant of Acragas. The aition begins with a mention of Busiris, the legendary king of Egypt who sacrificed foreigners and was subsequently killed by Heracles. This apparently segues into the larger story of the bronze bull of Phalaris, in which he roasted his victims alive.
Busiris and Phalaris also appear together in Ovid's Ars Amatoria 1.647–56, suggesting that Callimachus was Ovid’s model.
Egypt was parched for nine years previous
Phalaris imitated his practice
since the man who first used the bull was the one who
devised the new mode of death in bronze and fire