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[278] Σούνιον ( “linquitur Eois longe speculabile proris SunionStat. Theb. 12. 624 ) is now called Cape Colonna (“κάβω Κολόνναις”), from the six Doric pillars remaining there, the ruins of a temple to Athena. This probably accounts for the epithet “ἱρόν”. It is not unlikely however that it was so called from the cult paid there by sea-faring men to Poseidon; cp. Aristoph. Eqq.559 χρυσοτρίαιν̓, δελφίνων μεδέων Σουνιάρατε”. Damm, Hom. Lex., interprets it “"quia ibi colebatur Ζεὺς Σουνιεύς."

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