Touching (katacqente). First aorist passive participle of katagw, to go down to land, just the opposite of anhcqhmen in verse Titus 11 from anagw, to go up to sea. At Syracuse (ei Surakousa). The chief city of Sicily and eighty miles from Malta. Perhaps open weather and a southerly wind helped them across. Here it was that Alcibiades wrecked the power and glory of Athens. Why the ship spent three days we do not know.