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Promontory in the south of Attica, not far from Cape Sunium, famous for its silver mines that made the fortune of Athens in the Vth century B. C. New deposits, found in 483 and 482, provided Themistocles with the means to build the fleet that gave Athens the victory in the second Persian War. The exploitation of these mines required a huge quantity of slaves that only wealthy people could afford, and these slaves worked in awful conditions.