Text #3653The Histories. Series: Histories. Vol. 3 .
[Hdt. 6.98. Translated by Alfred Denis Godley. William Heinemann; G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1922. (4 Vols.) p. 249]
This done, Datis1 sailed with his host against Eretria first, taking with him lonians and Aeolians; and after he had put out thence to sea, there was an earthquake in Delos, the first and last, as the Delians say, before my time. This portent was sent by heaven, as I suppose, to be an omen of the ills that were coming on the world.
For in three generations, that is, in the time of Darius son of Hystaspes and Xerxes son of Darius and Artoxerxes son of Xerxes, more ills befell Hellas than in twenty generations before Darius; which ills came in part from the Persians and in part from the wars for preeminence among the chief of the nations themselves. Thus it was no marvel that there should be an earthquake in Delos where none had been ere that. Also there was an oracle concerning Delos, wherein it was written :
Delos itself will I shake, that ne’er was shaken aforetime.
a Persian general. [nE] ↩