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Summit at the tip of one of the peninsulæ of Chalcidice
along the northern coast of the Ægean Sea (area
During a first attempt to invade Greece in 492, the Persian fleet of King Darius, under the leadership of Mardonius, was completely destroyed by a tempest in trying to round Mount Athos (Herodotus' Histories, VI, 44) putting an end to the expedition.
So, when, several years later, Darius' son Xerxes decided to mount a new attempt at invading Greece, leading to the second Medean War in 480, in order to avoid another such disaster, he ordered a channel to be digged through the peninsula, north of Mount Athos, for his fleet to sail through (Herodotus' Histories, VII, 21-25).