The next summer the Peloponnesians and their
allies set out to invade Attica under the command of Agis, son of
Archidamus, and went as far as the Isthmus, but numerous earthquakes
occurring, turned back again without the invasion taking place.
About the same time that these earthquakes were so common, the sea at
Orobiae, in Euboea, retiring from the then line of coast, returned in a huge
wave and invaded a great part of the town, and retreated leaving some of it
still under water; so that what was once land is now sea; such of the inhabitants perishing as could not run up to the higher ground
A similar inundation also occurred at Atalanta, the island off the
Opuntian-Locrian coast, carrying away part of the Athenian fort and wrecking
one of two ships which were drawn up on the beach.
At Peparethus also the sea retreated a little, without however any
inundation following; and an earthquake threw down part of the wall, the town hall, and a few
The cause, in my opinion, of this phenomenon must be sought in the
earthquake.At the point where its shock has been the most violent the sea is driven
back, and suddenly recoiling with redoubled force, causes the inundation.Without an earthquake I do not see how such an accident could happen.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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