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their part, forthwith married Spartan wives, and gave the wives,
whom they had married in Lemnos, to Spartan husbands.
However, before much time had elapsed, the Minyae began to wax
wanton, demanded to share the throne, and committed other impieties:
whereupon the Lacedaemonians passed on them sentence of death, and,
seizing them, cast them into prison. Now the Lacedaemonians never
put criminals to death in the daytime, but always at night. When the
Minyae, accordingly, were about to suffer, their wives, who were not
only citizens, but daughters of the chief men among the Spartans,
entreated to be allowed to enter the prison, and have some talk with
their lords; and the Spartans, not expecting any fraud from such a
quarter, granted their request. The women entered the prison. gave
their own clothes to their husbands, and received theirs in
exchange: after which the Minyae, dressed in their wives' garments,
and thus passing for women, went forth. Having effected their escape
in this manner, they seated themselves once more upon Taygetum.own
land
It happened that at this very time Theras, son of Autesion
(whose father Tisamenus was the son of Thersander, and grandson of
Polynices), was about to lead out a colony from Lacedaemon This
Theras, by birth a Cadmeian, was uncle on the mother's side to the two
sons of Aristodemus, Procles and Eurysthenes, and, during their
infancy, administered in their right the royal power. When his
nephews, however, on attaining to man's estate, took the government,
Theras, who could not bear to be under the authority of others after
he had wielded authority so long himself, resolved to leave Sparta and
cross the sea to join his kindred. There were in the island now called
Thera, but at that time Calliste, certain descendants of Membliarus,
the son of Poeciles, a Phoenician. (For Cadmus, the son of Agenor,
when he was sailing in search of Europe, made a landing on this
island; and, either because the country pleased him, or because he had
a purpose in so doing, left there a number of Phoenicians, and with
them his own kinsman Membliarus. Calliste had been inhabited by this
race for eight generations of men, before the arrival of Theras from
Lacedaemon.)
Theras now, having with him a certain number of men from each of
the tribes, was setting forth on his expedition hitherward. Far from
intending to drive out the former inhabitants, he regarded them as his
near kin, and meant to settle among them. It happened that just at
this time the Minyae, having escaped from their prison, had taken up
their station upon Mount Taygetum; and the Lacedaemonians, wishing
to destroy them, were considering what was best to be done, when
Theras begged their lives, undertaking to remove them from the
territory. His prayer being granted, he took ship, and sailed, with
three triaconters, to join the descendants of Membliarus. He was
not, however, accompanied by all the Minyae, but only by some few of
them. The greater number fled to the land of the Paroreats and
Caucons, whom they drove out, themselves occupying the region in six
bodies, by which were afterwards built the towns of Lepreum, Macistus,
Phryxae, Pyrgus, Epium, and Nudium; whereof the greater part were in
my day demolished by the Eleans.
The island was called Thera after the name of its founder. This
same Theras had a son, who refused to cross the sea with him; Theras
therefore left him behind, "a sheep," as he said, "among wolves." From
this speech his son came to be called Oeolycus, a name which
afterwards grew to be the only one by which he was known. This
Oeolycus was the father of Aegeus, from whom sprang the Aegidae, a
great tribe in Sparta. The men of this tribe lost at one time all
their children, whereupon they were bidden by an oracle to build a
temple to the furies of Laius and Oedipus; they complied, and the
mortality ceased. The same thing happened in Thera to the
descendants of these men.
Thus far the history is delivered without variation both by the
Theraeans and the Lacedaemonians; but from this point we have only the

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