The following incident proves the might of fortune to be greater and more marvellous than is shown by the disasters and prosperity of cities. No long sail from Lemnos
was once an island Chryse
, where, it is said, Philoctetes met with his accident from the water-snake. But the waves utterly overwhelmed it, and Chryse
sank and disappeared in the depths. Another island called Hiera （Sacred） . . . was not during this time. So temporary and utterly weak are the fortunes of men.