There was a tradition in antiquity that the city of Tantalus had been swallowed up in a lake on the mountain; but the legend may, as Ramsay thinks, have been suggested by the vast ravine which yawns beneath the acropolis.
Between either of these and Smith's Dictionary of the Bible (1863) yawns a great gulf.
It often yawns when disturbed in the daytime, gaping its mandibles in a very grotesque manner.
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