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Plutarch, Sayings Of The Spartans, 19.1-19.2

nanArchidamus, the son of Zeuxidamus, when someone inquired of him who were at the head of Sparta, said, The laws and the magistrates in accordance with the laws.

nanIn answer to a man who praised a harper and expressed amazement at his ability, he said, My good sir, what honours shall you be able to offer to good men when you have such praise for a harper?

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1. Homeric Hymns, To Apollo And The Muses, 226-274, 225 (8th cent. BCE - 8th cent. BCE)

225. Among the gods their dear son as he played
2. Pindar, Pythian Odes, 11.1, 11.11 (6th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

3. Herodotus, Histories, 1.46.2, 1.52, 8.133-8.135 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

1.46.2. Having thus determined, he at once made inquiries of the Greek and Libyan oracles, sending messengers separately to Delphi, to Abae in Phocia, and to Dodona, while others were despatched to Amphiaraus and Trophonius, and others to Branchidae in the Milesian country. 1.52. Such were the gifts which he sent to Delphi . To Amphiaraus, of whose courage and fate he had heard, he dedicated a shield made entirely of gold and a spear all of solid gold, point and shaft alike. Both of these were until my time at Thebes, in the Theban temple of Ismenian Apollo. 8.133. The Greeks, then, sailed to Delos, and Mardonius wintered in Thessaly. Having his headquarters there he sent a man of Europus called Mys to visit the places of divination, charging him to inquire of all the oracles which he could test. What it was that he desired to learn from the oracles when he gave this charge, I cannot say, for no one tells of it. I suppose that he sent to inquire concerning his present business, and that alone. 8.134. This man Mys is known to have gone to Lebadea and to have bribed a man of the country to go down into the cave of Trophonius and to have gone to the place of divination at Abae in Phocis. He went first to Thebes where he inquired of Ismenian Apollo (sacrifice is there the way of divination, as at Olympia), and moreover he bribed one who was no Theban but a stranger to lie down to sleep in the shrine of Amphiaraus. ,No Theban may seek a prophecy there, for Amphiaraus bade them by an oracle to choose which of the two they wanted and forgo the other, and take him either for their prophet or for their ally. They chose that he should be their ally. Therefore no Theban may lie down to sleep in that place. 8.135. But at this time there happened, as the Thebans say, a thing at which I marvel greatly. It would seem that this man Mys of Europus came in his wanderings among the places of divination to the precinct of Ptoan Apollo. This temple is called Ptoum, and belongs to the Thebans. It lies by a hill, above lake Copais, very near to the town Acraephia. ,When the man called Mys entered into this temple together with three men of the town who were chosen on the state's behalf to write down the oracles that should be given, straightway the diviner prophesied in a foreign tongue. ,The Thebans who followed him were astonished to hear a strange language instead of Greek and knew not what this present matter might be. Mys of Europus, however, snatched from them the tablet which they carried and wrote on it that which was spoken by the prophet, saying that the words of the oracle were Carian. After writing everything down, he went back to Thessaly.
4. Xenophon, Hellenica, 6.4.7 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

6.4.7. Besides this, they were also somewhat encouraged by the oracle which was reported — that the Lacedaemonians were destined to be defeated at the spot where stood the monument of the virgins, who are said to have killed themselves because they had been violated by certain Lacedaemonians. The Thebans accordingly decorated this monument before the battle. Furthermore, reports were brought to them 371 B.C. from the city that all the temples were opening of themselves, and that the priestesses said that the gods revealed victory. And the messengers reported that from the Heracleium the arms also had disappeared, indicating that Heracles had gone forth to the battle. Some, to be sure, say that all these things were but devices of the leaders.
5. Plutarch, Sayings of The Spartans, 19.2 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

19.2. In answer to a man who praised a harper and expressed amazement at his ability, he said, My good sir, what honours shall you be able to offer to good men when you have such praise for a harper?
6. Plutarch, Aristides, 19.1-19.2 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

7. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1.34, 9.23.6 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

9.23.6. About fifteen stades away from the city on the right is the sanctuary of Ptoan Apollo. We are told by Asius in his epic that Ptous, who gave a surname to Apollo and the name to the mountain, was a son of Athamas by Themisto. Before the expedition of the Macedonians under Alexander, in which Thebes was destroyed, there was here an oracle that never lied. Once too a mail of Europus, of the name of Mys, who was sent by Mardonius, inquired of the god in his own language, and the god too gave a response, not in Greek but in the Carian speech.

Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aetiologies,specific,apollo ismenios Kowalzig (2007) 375
agents Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
akraiphia Kowalzig (2007) 375
amphiaraos Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
apollo ismenios Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
apollo ismenios (thebes),aetiology of Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo ismenios (thebes),and musical innovation Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo ismenios (thebes),myth-ritual nexus of Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo ismenios (thebes),songs for Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo ismenios (thebes) Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo pto(i)os,ptoieus Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo pythios (delphi),apollo tegyraios Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo pythios (delphi),thilphousaios Kowalzig (2007) 375
apollo pythios (delphi),thourios Kowalzig (2007) 375
argos (without epithet),linking boiotia Kowalzig (2007) 375
athenians,consultation of oracle of amphiaraos at oropos Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
birth (mythical),as myth-ritual nexus Kowalzig (2007) 375
dedications Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
dream incubation Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
dreams Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
euxenippos Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
gods,in dreams Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
healing sanctuaries Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
insular,regional Kowalzig (2007) 375
interpretation Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
katoptromancy,khaironeia,battle of' Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
kroisos,king of lydia Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
lebadeia Kowalzig (2007) 375
locality,orchestration of religious Kowalzig (2007) 375
mardonios Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
memories,social,appropriated in song Kowalzig (2007) 375
migrations,myths of,boiotia Kowalzig (2007) 375
mousike,music,and social change Kowalzig (2007) 375
myndos,mys,oracular tour of Kowalzig (2007) 375
mys of europos Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
myth-ritual nexus,ritual moment Kowalzig (2007) 375
network,of myths and rituals (also myth-ritual web,grid,framework),and regional integration (kopais) Kowalzig (2007) 375
oropos,oracle of amphiaraos Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
past,mythical,unified in song Kowalzig (2007) 375
pausanias Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
performances of myth and ritual (also song),(re)creation of worshipping groups Kowalzig (2007) 375
performances of myth and ritual (also song),embracing social change Kowalzig (2007) 375
placentia,plataia,battle of Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
pto(i)os,hero Kowalzig (2007) 375
ptoion Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
region,as religious system Kowalzig (2007) 375
region,integration of in song Kowalzig (2007) 375
sparta/spartans Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
tegyra,apollos oracle at Kowalzig (2007) 375
telphousa,tilphousa,spring Kowalzig (2007) 375
teneros,theban hero,birth of at ismenion Kowalzig (2007) 375
teneros,theban hero Kowalzig (2007) 375
thebes Eidinow and Driediger-Murphy (2019) 71
thero Kowalzig (2007) 375
thessalians Kowalzig (2007) 375
thoudippos decree,thourion,apollo at Kowalzig (2007) 375
trophonios Kowalzig (2007) 375
victor,of epinikian odes,protected by local deity Kowalzig (2007) 375
votives,votive offerings,mythical Kowalzig (2007) 375