The lake Voulkaria or "Mirtountion" according to Stravon
stretches on the North side of the city (of Paleros).
This lake is probably the remnant of a lagoon covering the valey of Paleros during
the Homeric period. This lagoon is referred to have been a saver for the Queen
of Egypt, Kleopatra, as a
result of its shallowness. After Kleopatras defeat by the Romans in the
naval battle of Aktion in
the year 31 A.D. and chased by her enemies, she managed to cross with ease in
her light-built ships via the shallow canal of Paleros, while the heavily armed
Roman ships were obstructed by the bed of the canal. The name of the canal, the
"Mole of Kleopatra" has been kept as a memory ot the Queens crossing.
This text (extract) is cited August 2003 from the Municipality
of Kekropia tourist pamphlet.
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