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[6] He took Athens, as he says himself in his Memoirs, on the Calends of March,1 a day which corresponds very nearly with the first of the month Anthesterion. In this month, as it happens, the Athenians perform many rites commemorating the destruction and devastation caused by the flood, believing that the ancient deluge2 occurred at about this time.

1 86 B.C. Cf. the description of the capture of Athens given by Appian, Bell. Mith. xxx.

2 In the time of Deucalion, the Noah of Greek tradition. (Cf. Pausanias, i. 18, 7.

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