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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK VIII., CHAPTER V. (search)
Hence Cæietas also, the name of the prison among the Lacedæmonians, which is a sort of cave. Some however say, that
such kind of hollows are rather called Coi, whence the expression of Homer,Il. i. 268. applied to wild beasts, fho|si\n o)reskw/|oisin,
which live in mountain caves. Laconia however is subject to
earthquakes, and some writers relate, that certain peaks of
Taÿgetum have been broken off by the shocks.This may have taken place a little before the third Messenian war,
B. C. 464, when an earthquake destroyed all the houses in Sparta, with
the exception of five. Diod. Sic. b. xv. c. 66; Pliny, b. ii. c. 79.
Laconia contains also quarries of valuable marble. Those
of the Tænarian marble in TænarumPliny, b. xxxvi. c. 18, speaks of the black marble of Tænarus. are ancient, and certain
persons, assisted by the wealth of the Romans, lately opened a
large quarry in Taÿgetum.
It appears from Homer, that both the country and the
city had the name of Lacedæmon; I mean