had to leave on account of the constant earthquake and volcanic action.
Finally they settled on the opposite coast ot Cumæ.
Tunæus mentions them, and records a tradition that shortly before his time (he lived about 262 B.C.) Monte Epomeo vomited forth fire and ashes, and that the land between it and the coast was forcibly cast into the sea, which receded three stadias, and returning overflowed the island and quenched the fire.
These occurrences are also recounted by Pliny, though his version of them differs from that given by Tunæus.
He says that Epomeo vomited forth flames.
That by one of the earthquakes accompanying the eruption a marsh was created, and that Procida was detached by another.
In 1302 one eruption took place, and a stream of lava issued from the north-east base of Monte Epomeo and flowed into the sea near the town of Ischia.
The ancient name Pithecusa was most likely derived by the Roman poets from Πιθηκος because the island was said to be inhabited by monkeys.
It has a beautiful climate, and its convenient situation has attracted numerous visitors in all ages.