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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume II: Books VIII-XI

Book VIII,   pp. [unnumbered]-576


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again, bears him with the reflux. back into the sea. And when 
he is awake on the dry land then he is on his guard against 
those birds which are called pareudistse, such as the halcyon, 
the sandpiper, and the helorius, which is a bird like the rail. 
For these birds in calm weather feed on the dry land, and often 
attack the exocetus; but when he sees them at a distance he 
flies, leaping and panting, until he dives beneath the water." 
6. Moreover, Clearchus says this also more plainly than 
Philostephanus the Cyrenmean, whom I have previously men- 
tioned.  "There are some fish which, though they have no 
throats, can utter a sound. Such are those which are found 
near Cleitor, in Arcadia, in the river called Ladon. For they 
have a voice, and utter a very audible sound." And Nico- 
laus, of Damascus, in the hundred and fourth book of his 
History, says-" In the country around Apamea, in Phrygia, 
at the time of the Mithridatic wars, there were some earth- 
quakes, after which there appeared in that district some lakes 
which previously had no existence, and rivers, and other 
springs which bad been opened by the earthquake. Many 
also which had previously existed disappeared. And such a 
quantity of additional water, which was brackish and of a sea- 
green colour, burst up in that district, though it is at a very 
great distance from the sea, that all the, neighbouring country 
was filled with oysters andifish, and all other productions of 
the sea." I know also that it has very often rained fishes. At 
all events, Phoenias, in the second book of his Eresian Magi- 
strates, says that in the Chersonesus it once rained fish un- 
interruptedly for three days; and Phylarchus, in his fourth 
book, says that people had often seen it raining fish, and often 
also raining wheat, and that the same thing has happened 
with respect to frogs.  At all events, Heraclides Lembus, 
in the twenty-first book of his History, says-" In Poeonia and 
Dardania it has, they say, before now rained frogs; and so 
great has been the number of these frogs that the houses and 
the roads have been full of them; and at first, for some days, 
the inhabitants, endeavouring to kill them, and shutting up 
their houses, endured the pest; but when they did no good, 
but found that all their vessels were filled with them, and the 
frogs were found to be boiled up and roasted with everything 
they ate, and when besides all this, they could not make use 
of any water, nor put their feet on the ground for the heaps 
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