Cape St. George (Greece)

Coordinates: 39°29′57″N 23°05′47″E / 39.49927°N 23.09627°E / 39.49927; 23.09627
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39°29′57″N 23°05′47″E / 39.49927°N 23.09627°E / 39.49927; 23.09627 Cape St. George (Greek: Άκρα Αγίου Γεωργίου), anciently called Sepias (Ancient Greek: Σηπιάς; Latin: Sepias promontorium), is a promontory of Magnesia. Sepias was also the name of a nearby town.

It is celebrated in Greek mythology as the spot where Peleus laid in wait for Thetis, and from whence he carried off the goddess,[1] and in history as the scene of the great shipwreck of the fleet of Xerxes I just before the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE; it is cited by many ancient authors.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Some other ships of Xerxes' fleet crashed near Meliboea.[8]


  1. ^ Eur. Andr. 1266
  2. ^ Herodotus. Histories. Vol. 7.113, 188.
  3. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. ix. p.443. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  4. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes. Argonautica. Vol. 1.580.
  5. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. Vol. 3.13.16.
  6. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 4.9.16.
  7. ^ Pomponius Mela. De situ orbis. Vol. 2.3.
  8. ^ Herodotus. Histories. Vol. 7.188.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Sepias". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.