According to tradition the temple of Minerva, founded by Diomede, contained the Trojan Palladium, and the town struck numerous bronze coins; but in history it is first heard of as on the Roman side in the Samnite Wars (321 B.C.), and in 315 or 314 B.C. a Latin colony was sent here.
The extreme depth of the strait approaches 50 fathoms, and it contains two small islands known as the Diomede Islands.
It was said to have been founded by Diomede, and even at the time of Horace (Sat.
Aristeia of Diomede - his combat with Aphrodite VI.
Doloneia - Night expedition of Odysseus and Diomede (in all probability added later).