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52. Early in the ensuing summer there was a partial eclipse of the sun at the time of the new moon,1 and within the first ten days of the same month an [2] earthquake.2

The main body of the refugees who had escaped from Mitylenè and the rest of Lesbos had3 established themselves on the continent. They hired mercenaries from Peloponnesus or collected them on the spot, and took Rhoeteum, but on receiving a payment of two thousand Phocaean staters4, they restored the town uninjured. [3] They then made an expedition against Antandrus and took the city, which was betrayed into their hands. They hoped to liberate the other so-called 'cities of the coast,' which had been formerly in the possession of the Mytilenaeans and were now held by the Athenians5, but their principal object was Antandrus itself, which they intended to strengthen and make their head-quarters. Mount Ida was near and would furnish timber for shipbuilding, and by the help of a fleet and by other means they could easily harass Lesbos which was close at hand, and reduce the Aeolian towns on the continent. Such were their designs.

1 B.C. 424.

2 An eclipse of the sun and an earthquake occur.

3 The Lesbian refugees, who had settled on the continent, take Rhoeteum and Antandrus.

4 The value of the Phocaean state is not precisely known: it was somewhat less than that of the Attic state (about 16s.).

5 Cp. 3.50 fin.

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