Geographical sites:

  • Athens (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #579885)
    Pleiades_icon Athenae theatre, plaza, cemetery, stoa, settlement, temple Geocontext: Athina/Athens
    Description: A major Greek city-state and the principal city of Attika.
  • Corinth (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #570182)
    Pleiades_icon Corinthus/Korinthos settlement, amphitheatre, plaza Geocontext: Archaia Korinthos
    Description: The ancient Greek and Roman city of Corinth, located in the Peloponnese, Greece. Also known today as Archaia Korinthos and not to be confused with the nearby modern town.


Text #3697

Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Vol. 1
[Thuc. 5.45--5.50. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. Clarendon Press. 1900 pp. 138--144]

The people were carried away and were ready to have in the Argives, and make an alliance with them and their confederates on the spot. But an earthquake occurred before the final vote was taken, and the assembly was adjourned.[…]

The Olympic games being over, the Argives and their allies went to Corinth, and requested the Corinthians to join them. An embassy from Lacedaemon was also present. After much discussion nothing was concluded, for an earthquake broke up the assembly, and the envoys from the several states returned home. So the summer ended.

Text #8630

Plutarch. Lives. Series: Plutarch's Parallel Lives. Vol. 3
[Plut. Nic. 10.6. Translated by Bernadotte Perrin. Harvard University Press. 1916. (11 Vols.) p. 245]


Therefore the people were at once eager to call in the Argive embassy and make the alliance it desired, but there came a slight earthquake shock just then, luckily for Nicias, and the assembly was dissolved.

Text #3698

Guidoboni & Comastri & Traina. Catalogue of ancient earthquakes in the Mediterranean area up to the 10th century
[p. 123]

Thucydides mentions two earthquakes felt at Athens and Corinth in the summer of 420 BC. He records that while Alcibiades was inveighing against Sparta at an assembly in Athens, and urging to declare themselves ready to call on the Argives to make an alliance with them, an earthquake occurred. The assembly which had been adjourned was resumed the next day. At Corinth, the earthquake caused also an assembly to be abandoned, but it was never reconvened.

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