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    Pleiades_icon Salamis (island) island Description: Salamis is the largest island of the Saronic Gulf.


Text #3665

Herodotus. The Histories. Series: Histories. Vol. 4
[Hdt. 8.64. Translated by Alfred Denis Godley. William Heinemann; G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1922. (4 Vols.) p. 59]

Thus after this wordy skirmish the Greeks at Salamis prepared, since Eurybiades so willed, to fight their battle where they were. At sunrise on the next day1 there was an earthquake on land and sea ; and they resolved to pray to the gods, and to call the sons of Aeacus to be their helpers. As they resolved, so they did ; they prayed to all the gods, and called Aias and Telamon to come to them from Salamis, where the Greeks were ; and they sent a ship to Aegina for Aeacus2 and the rest that were of his House3

  1. The battle of Salamis occurred on 20 September: see Green P, Les Guerres Médiques, 2012, p. 271 [nE]

  2. A mythological king of the island of Aegina, son of Zeus and Aegina. [nE]

  3. His sons were Telamon (father of Ajax and Teucer) and Peleus (father of Achilles) [nE]

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