Herodotus and Eastern myths and logoi: Deioces the Mede and Pythius
Sandown is the other big meeting of this Saturday afternoon and Karl Burke's Pythius
can build on his debut victory at Ayr earlier this month to land the feature, the Group Three 888sport Solario Stakes (2.15pm).
Treacherous Pythius, the tyrant of distant Paladya, has stolen the magical Crystal Scepter and is determined to master its charms, no matter the terrible cost.
Villainous King Pythius, for instance, has the love for one person, his daughter, as his sole redeeming quality, and even that may not be enough to spare her from death at his hands.
hic equidem Phoebo visus mihi pulchrior ipso marmoreus tacita carmen hiare lyra; deinde inter matrem deus ipse interque sororem Pythius
in longa carmina veste sonat.
Phoebus (67) was won only with the help of his Apollo Palatinus (Pythius
in longa carmina veste sonat, 2.31).
The name change is significant, for in Cicero's De Officiis itself, Pythius
of Syracuse was a moneylender who cheated a Roman to believe that a piece of land bordered the best site for fishing in the country; the man he cheated could do nothing, for the criminal code had no statutes forbidding fraud.
The other reference in this sentence is more puzzling; it evidently refers to Pythius
of Priene, the Greek architect of the fourth-century B.C.
There is a wealth of classical allusion: one paragraph runs through mentions of Theseus, Perithous, Damon, Pythius
, Epicurus, Rhadamanthys, and the Elysian fields (134).
The pattern is also used for the request put less successfully to Xerxes by Pythius
the Lydian (7.38).
In the decrees of 246/5 Apollo's contribution in the actual battle has dropped out,(22) and he yields pride of place in the list of dedicatees: Apollo Pythius
, Zeus Soter, and Nike are replaced by the designation of Zeus Soter and Apollo Pythius
.(23) The recognition decrees imply one Gallic attack, whereas the Coan decree suggests the series of attacks which are reported by Pausanias.(24) The Aetolian version as reflected in the decrees of 246/5 deemphasizes the divine element in the defeat of the Gauls and implies that the Gallic threat came as one massive invasion and was repulsed by the Aetolians before Delphi.