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COELA (Eth. τὰ Κοῖλα τῆς Εὐβοίας), “the Hollows,” a part of the coast of Euboea, which was very dangerous to vessels in stormy weather, and where a squadron of the Persian fleet was wrecked just before the battle of Artemisium. (Hdt. 8.13.) Strabo (x. p.445) describes it as a place between Aulis and Geraestus; but as Aulis is misplaced in a description of the Euboean coast, many critics have proposed to read Chalcis. The Epitomizer of Strabo has Caphareus instead of Aulis, a correction which appears to have been made from Ptolemy (3.15.25), who places the Coela between Caphareus and the promontory Chersonesus. But Ptolemy is the only [p. 1.642]writer who places the Coela on the eastern side of the island; all other ancient writers suppose them to have been on the western coast. (Liv. 31.47; V. Max. 1.8.10; Lucan 5.196, 230.) The Persian fleet must therefore have sailed round the promontory of Geraestus before they were overtaken by the storm. (Groskurd and Kramer, ad Strab. l.c.

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 8.13
    • Lucan, Civil War, 5.196
    • Lucan, Civil War, 5.230
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 31, 47
    • Valerius Maximus, Facta et Dicta Memorabilia, 1.8.10
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