Notes

Scyllis

Scyllis. James exclaims, referring to Josh’s SCUBA gear, that, “Scyllis himself could not have done better!” In 500 BC, when the Greek Scyllis was captured and taken aboard the Persian King Xerxes I’s ship. Scyllis overheard that Xerxes was to attack a Greek flotilla and he jumped overboard. The Persians could not find him and presumed he had drowned. Scyllis made his way among the ships in Xerxes’s fleet, using a hollow reed as a snorkel to remain unobserved. He cut each ship loose from its moorings and swam nine miles to rejoin the Greeks off Cape Artemisium. The Persian ships drifted apart and by morning had dispersed enough to foil the attack.

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