Several ancient writers refer to a major earthquake on the island of Rhodes in about 227/6 B.C.; they stress the damage that it caused, including the collapse of the Colossus of Rhodes. It is more difficult to find contemporary references to the earthquake; a serious earthquake which struck neighbouring Caria in about 198 B.C. is better attested in inscriptions ( for instance, THI_72.B ). However it is fairly certain that this inscription from Kamiros refers to the earthquake of 227/6 B.C., because archaeologists have shown that the city was rebuilt after being partially destroyed at that time; see for instance L.Caliò, "The AgorÓ of Kamiros. A Hypothesis" ( academia.edu ).
Sacred to the memory of those who died in the earthquake.
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