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the Danube, in the vicinity of Mons Abnoba, which paid the tenth part of their value to the Romans. (Tacit., G., 29.) Much interesting information relative to these lands will be found in the work of Leichtlen, entitled “Schwaben unter den Römern,” Fribourg, 8vo, 1825. Dei ANIRA, a daughter of CEneus, king of Ætolia. Her beauty procured many admirers, and her father promised to give her in marriage to him only who proved superior in prowess to all his competitors. Hercules obtained her hand, after a contest with the god of the Achelous. (Wid. Achelotis.) On his way to Trachis, after his union with the daughter of OEneus, Hercules came in company with Deianira to the river Evenus, where Nessus, the Centaur, had taken his abode, and carried over travellers, saying that he had received this office from the gods as a reward for his uprightness. Hercules went across through the water himself, having agreed on the price for the conveyance of Deianira. Nessus attempted the honour of his fair freight. She resisted, and Hercules, hearing her cries, shot Nessus to the heart as he came on shore. The dying Centaur thought on revenge: he called Deianira to him, and told her, if she wished to possess a philtre, or means of securing the love of Hercules, to keep carefully the blood which flowed from his wound; an advice with which she incautiously complied. When Hercules, subsequently, had erected an altar to Jupiter at the promontory of Cenaeum in Euboea, and, wishing to offer a sacrifice, had sent for a splendid robe to wear, Deianira, having heard from the messenger of a female captive named Iola, whom Hercules had taken, and fearing the effect of her charms on the heart of her husband, resolved to try the efficacy of the philtre of Nessus, and tinged with it the tunic which was sent. Hercules, suspecting nothing, put on the fatal garment, and prepared to sacrifice. At first he felt no effect from it; but, when it became warm, the venom of the hydra, which had been communicated by his arrow to the blood of the Centaur, began to consume his flesh, and eventually compelled him, in order to put an end to his sufferings, to ascend the funeral pile at CEta. (Vid. Hercules.)—Another le;. made Deianira to have been the offspring of acchus and Althaea, queen of OEneus. Apollodorus speaks also of her skill in driving the chariot, and her acquaintance generally with martial exercises, a statement which he appears to have borrowed from some old poet. (Apollod., 1, 8, 1.--Heyne, ad loc.—Apollod., 2, 7, 5.-Id., 2, 7, 7.-Ovid, Mct., 9, 9.-1d. ib, 9, 137.)—Müller, in his explanation of the myth of Hercules, makes the marriage of that hero with Deianira a figurative allusion to the league between the Dorians and AEtolians for the invasion of the Peloponnesus. (Dorians, vol. 1, p. 70, Eng. trans.) Creuzer, on the other hand, gives a mystic interpretation to the legend. According to him, Hercules represents the power of the sun in drying up and fertilizing the wet places. Hence OEneus (Olvetic, olvoc), the wine-man (or cultivator of the vine), gives his offspring in o: to Hercules (or, in other words, gives the vine to the protecting care of that power which imparts the principle of production), and Hercules rescues her from the Centaur, the type, according to Creuzer and others, of the water or morasses. (Symbolik, vol. 2, p. 251.) Drinamia, a daughter of Lycomedes, king of Scyros. She bore a son called Pyrrhus, or Neoptolemus, to Achilles, who was disguised at her father's court in women's clothes, under the name of Pyrrha. (Apollod., 3, 13, 7–Propert., 2, 9, 16.—Ovid, A. A., 1,682, seqq.) $owers, a Median, who, when his countrymen had shaken off the Assyrian yoke, succeeded in attaining to the sovereign power. His mode of accomplishing that object was as follows: Having, by his probity and

strict exercise of justice, obtained the office of judge in his own district, he made himself so celebrated by the discharge of his official duties that the inhabitants of other districts also came to him for redress. Pretending at last that his private affairs were suffering, in consequence of the time which he devoted to the business of others, he absented himself from the place where he used to sit to determine differences. P. lessness and iniquity thereupon increased, until an assembly of the Medes being summoned, the partisans of Deioces recommended him for king, and he was accordingly elected. He is said to have founded the city of Ecbatana, and to have reigned 43 years, being succeeded on his death by his son Phraortes. (Herod., 1, 96, seqq.) Deiotărus was first distinguished as tetrarch of Galatia, and, on account of the eminent services which he performed in that station, and of the figure which he made in the Mithradatic war, was afterward appointed to the throne of Armenia Minor by Pompey, which appointment was confirmed by the senate. In the civil wars he sided with Pompey, and on that account was deprived of his Armenian possessions by Caesar, but allowed to retain the title of king and the other favours conferred upon him by the Romans. Shortly after this he was accused by his grandson, with whom he was at open variance, of having made an attempt on the life of Caesar when the latter was in Asia. Cicero ably and successfully defended him before Caesar, in whose presence the cause was tried. After Caesar's death, he recovered by bribery his forfeited territories. He intended also to join Brutus, but the general to whom he committed his troops went over to Antony, which saved him his kingdom. (Cic., pro Rege Deiot.—Id., Phil., 11., 12.-Id., ep, ad Att., 5, 17.-Id, de Har. Resp., 13.-Id., de Div., 2, 37, &c.) Deiphöbe, a sibyl of Cumae, daughter of Glaucus. Virgil makes her the guide of Æneas to the lower world. (AEn., 6,236, seqq.) Various names are given to her by the ancient writers, in relation to which, consult Gallaeus (Dissertationes de Sibyllis, p. 145). Deiphöbus, a son of Priam and Hecuba, who married Helen after the death of Paris, and was betrayed by her to Menelaus, and ignominiously murdered. (Virg., AEn., 6,495.) According to Virgil's account, she introduced Menelaus secretly into the bedchamber of Deiphobus, who was asleep at the time, and, on awaking, was unable to defend himself, his faithless consort having removed his trusty sword from beneath his head, and all arms from his palace. He was cruelly mutilated before being put to death. (Virg., l. c.) Homer makes Deiphobus to have particularly distinguished himself during the Trojan war, in two encounters with Meriones and Ascalaphus. (Il., 13, 156, et 517, seqq.) Delia, I. a festival celebrated every fifth year in the island of Delos, in honour of Apollo. It was instituted by the Athenians, after the solemn lustration of Delos, in the sixth year of the Peloponnesian war. (Vid. Delos.)—II. Another festival, celebrated annually by a sacred voyage from Athens to Delos. . It was said to have been instituted by Theseus, who, when going to Crete, made a vow to Apollo, that, if he and the rest of the youths and maidens should be saved, he would send every year a sacred delegation to the natal island of the god. The vow was fulfilled, and the custom was ever after observed by the Athenians. The persons sent on this annual voyage were called Deliastar and Theori, and the ship which conveyed them was said to have been the same with the one which had carried Theseus to Crete. The beginning of the voyage was computed from the time that the priest of Apollo first adorned the stern of the ship

with garlands, according to Plato, and from that time they began to purify the city. During this period, up to the ome of the vessel's return, it was held unlawful to put any condemned person to death, which was the reason that Socrates was reprieved for thirty days after his condemnation, as we learn from Plato and Xenophon. With regard to the sacred vessel itself, which was called 0ewpic, it was preserved by the Athenians to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, they restoring always what was decayed, and changing the old rotten planks for others that were new and entire ; so that it surmished philosophers with matter of dispute, whether, after so many repairs and alterations, it still remained the same identical ship; and it served as an instance to illustrate the opinion of those, who held that the body still remained the same numerical substance, notwithstanding the continual decay of old parts and the acquisition of new ones, through the several stages of life. (Plat., Phaedon., § 2, seqq.—Schol., ad loc.— Plut., Vit. Thes., c. 23.—Xen., Mem., 4, 8, 2.-Callim., H. in Del., 278, &c.)—III. A surname of Diana, from her having been born in the island of Delos. Delium, a city of Boeotia, on the seacoast, north of the mouth of the Asopus. It was celebrated for its temple of Apollo, and also for the battle which took place in its vicinity between the Athenians and Boeotians, when the former were totally routed. It was in this engagement that Socrates, according to some accounts, saved the life of Xenophon, or, according to others, of Alcibiades. (Strabo, 403-Diog. Laert., 2, 22.-Thucyd., 4, 96.) Some vestiges of this ancient town have been observed by modern travellers near the village of Dramisi, on the Euripus. (Gell's Itin., p. 134.—Dodwell's Tour, vol. 2, p. 155.) DeLius, a surname of Apollo, because born in Delos. DELMINIUM, the ancient capital of Dalmatia. (Wid. Dalminium.) DELos, an island of the AEgean, situate nearly in the centre of the Cyclades. This island was called also Asteria, Pelasgia, Chlamydias, Lagia, Pyrpilis, Scythias, Mydia, and Ortygia. (Plin., 4, 12-Steph. Byz., s. v. Añāoc.) It was named Ortygia from prvo, a quail, and Lagia from Aayac, a hare, the island formerly abounding with both these creatures. ... On this account, according to Strabo, it was not allowed to have dogs at Delos, because they destroyed the quails and hares. (Strabo, 485.) The name Delos is commonly derived from 6720s, manifest, in allusion to the island having floated under the surface of the sea until made to appear and stand firm by order of Neptune. This was done for the purpose of receiving Latona, who was on the eve of delivery, and could find no asylum on the earth, Juno having bound it by an oath not to receive her; as Delos at the time was floating beneath the waters, it was freed from the obligation. Once fixed in its place, it continued, according to popular belief, to remain so firm as even to be unmoved by the shocks of an earthquake. This, however, is contradicted by Thucydides and Herodotus, who report that a shock was felt there before the Peloponnesian war. Orac., ap. Eustath. ad Dion. Perieg., 525, and Pindar, ap. Phil. Jud., 2, p. 511.) Pliny quotes, among others, Aristotle, who pretends that its name was given to Delos, because the island rose unexpectedly out of the sea, and appeared to view. Many other opinions have been advanced respecting its origin. According, however, to Olivier, it is at the present day everywhere schistose or granitical, exhibiting no traces of a volcano, and nothing that can explain, by the laws of physics, the wonders which the Greeks have transmitted to us respecting it.—It appears from Thucydides, that as early as the days of Homer, whose hymn to Delos he quotes, this island was the great rendezvous of the Ionians, who met there to celebrate a national festival and public games.—Delos was celebrated as the natal island of Apollo and Diana, and the solemnities with which the festivals of these deities were observed there never failed to attract large crowds from the

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neighbouring islands and the continent. Among the seven wonders of the world was an altar at Delos, which was made of the horns of animals. Tradition reported that it was constructed by Apollo, with the horns of deer killed in hunting by his sister Diana. Plutarch says he saw it, and he speaks of the wonderful interlacing of the horns of which it was made, no cement nor bond of any kind being employed to hold it together. (Plut., de Solert. An., p. 983.) The Athenians were commanded by an oracle, in the time of Pisistratus, to purify Delos, which they did by causing the dead bodies to be taken up which had been buried there, and removed from all places within view of the temple. In the sixth year of the Peloponnesian war, they, by the advice of an oracle, purified it anew, by carrying all the dead bodies to the neighbouring island of Rhenaea, where they were interred. After having done this, in order to prevent its being polluted for the time to come, they published an edict, that for the future no person should be suffered to die, nor any woman to be brought to bed, in the island, but that, when death or parturition approached, they should be carried over into Rhenaea. In memory of this purification, it is said, the Athenians instituted a solemn quinquennial festival. (Vid. Delia. Thucyd., 3, 104.) A ship called Theoris (6ewpic) likewise sailed annually from the Athenian shores on a sacred voyage to this same island. (Vid. Delia II.)—When the Persian armament, under Datis and Artaphernes, was making its way through the Grecian islands, the inhabitants of Delos left their rich temple, with its treasures, to the protection of its tutelary deities, and fled to Tenos. The fame of the sanctuary, however, saved it from spoliation. The Persians had heard that Delos was the birthplace of two deities, who corresponded to those which held the foremost rank in their own religious system, the sun and moon. This comparison was probably suggested to them by some Greek who wished to save the temple. Hence, though separately neither of the divine twins inspired the barbarians with reverence, their common shrine was not only spared, but, if we may credit the tradition which was current in the days of Herodotus, received the highest honours from Datis: he would not suffer his ships to touch the sacred shore, but kept them at the island of Rhenaea. He also sent a herald to recall the Delians who had fled to Tenos; and offered sacrifice to the god, in which 300 talents of frankincense are said to have been consumed. (Herodot., 6, 97.) After the Persian war, the Athenians established at Delos the treasury of the Greeks, and ordered that all meetings relative to the confederacy should be held there. (Thucyd., 1, 96.) In the tenth year of the Peloponnesian war, not being satisfied with the purifications which the island had hitherto undergone, they removed its entire population to Adramyttium, where they obtained a settlement from the Persian satrap Pharnaces. (Thucyd., 5, 1.) Here many of these unfortunate Delians were afterward treacherously murdered by order of Arsaces, an officer of Tissaphernes. (Thucyd., 8, 108.) Finally, however, the Athenians restored those that survived to their country after the battle of Amphipolis, as they considered that their ill success in the war proceeded from the anger of the god on account of their conduct towards this unfortunate people. (Thucyd., 5, 32.) Strabo says that Delos became a place of great commercial importance after the destruction of Corinth, as the merchants who had frequented that city then withdrew to this island, which afforded great facilities for carrying on trade on account of the convenience of its port, its advantageous situation with respect to the coasts of Greece and Asia Minor, as well as from the great concourse of people who resorted thither at stated times. (Plin., 4, 12.-Liv., 36, 43.) The Romans especially favoured the interests of the Delians, though they had conceded to the Athenians the sovereignty of the island and the administration of the temple. (Polyb., 30, 18.) But, on the occupation of Athens by the generals of Mithradates, they landed troops in Delos, and committed the greatest devastations there in consequence of the inhabitants refusing to espouse their cause. After this calamity it remained in an impoverished and deserted state. (Strabo, 486.—Appian, Bell. Mithrad., c. 28.-Pausan., 3, 23.—Antip., Thess. Anal., vol. 2, p. 118.) The town of Delos was situate in a plain watered by the little river Inopus (Strabo, l.c. —Callim., Hymn. in Del., 206), and by a lake, called Trochoeides by Herodotus (2, 170), and Theognis (v. 7). Callimachus and Euripides also allude to it. (Hymn. in Del., 261.—Iph. Taur., 1097.) The isl.# is now called Delo or Sdille, and is so covered with ruins and rubbish as to admit of little or no culture. (Wheeler, vol. 1, p. 88–Spon., vol. 1, p. 176. —Tournefort, vol. 1, p. 307. Choiseul Gouffier, Voyage Putoresque, vol. 1, p. 396, seqq.) elphi, a small but important city of Phocis in Greece, situate on the southern side of Mount Parnassus, and built in the form of an amphitheatre. Justin (24, 6) says it had no walls, but was defended by its precipices. Strabo (418) gives it a circuit of sixteen stadia; and Pausanias (10, 5) calls it tróżto, which seems to imply that it was walled like other cities. In earlier times it was, perhaps, like Olympia, defended by the sanctity of its oracle and the presence of its god. These being found not to asford sufficient protection against the enterprises of the Fo it was probably fortified, and became a reguar city after the predatory incursions of the Phocians. The walls may, however, be coeval with the foundation of the city itself; their high antiquity is not disproved by the use of mortar in the construction. Some of the Egyptian pyramids are built in a similar manner. (Consult Hamilton's AEgyptiaca.--Dodwell's Tour, vol. 1, p. 164.)—The more ancient name of Delphi was Pytho, from the serpent Python, as is commonly supposed, which was said to have been slain by Apollo. (Apollod., Biblioth., 1, 4, 3.) Whence the name Delphi itself was derived we are not informed. Some make the city to have received this name from Delphus, a son of Apollo. Others deduce the appellation from the Greek ádežđot, “brethren,” because Apollo and his brother Bacchus were both worshipped there, each having one of the summits of Parnassus sacred to him. The author of the Hymn to Apollo seems to pun on the word Delphi, in making Apollo transform himself into a dolphin (6ezoic.—v. 494). Some supposed, that the name was intended to designate Delphi as the centre or navel of the earth. Faber makes it Tel Phi, “the oracle of the Sun” (Cabiri, vol. 1, p. 66), and Bryant would tempt us to resolve the Nymph who originally presided over the sacred precincts of Delphi, into Ain omphe, i. e., “fons oraculi.” (Mythology, vol. 1, p. 110 and 345.) Jones' derives the name of Delphi from the Arabic Telb, “to inquire.” (Greek Lez., s. v.) If, amid these various etymological theories, we might venture to adduce one of our own, it would be, that Bež pot, the AEolic form for Aesopot (Maittaire, Dial., p. 139, c.), contains the true germe of the name, viz., Be?, or the old term e2. (i.e., “the sun”), with the digamma prefixed in place of the aspirate. (Compare the Greek forms #2 too, i. e., £2-woo, ač%aç, i. e., ae?-aç, and the Latin Sol.) Delphi will then be the city of the Sun. (Compare with the term Bea the Orientel Baal.)—In speaking of this city, the poets commonly use the appellation of Pytho, but Herodotus and historians in general prefer that of Delphi, and are silent as to the other. A short sketch of the history of this most celebrated oracle and temple will not, perhaps, be unacceptable to the reader. Though not so ancient as Dodona, it is evi

dent that the fame of the Delphic shrine had been es

tablished at a very early period, from the mention made of it by Homer, and the accounts supplied by Pausanias and Strabo. The Homeric hymn to Apollo informs us (v. 391, seqq.), that, when the Pythian god was establishing his oracle at Delphi, he beheld on the sea a merchant-ship from Crete; this he directs to Crissa, and appoints the foreigners the servants of his newly-established sanctuary, near which they settled. When this story, which we would not affirm to be historically true, is stripped of the language of poetry, it can only mean, that a Cretan colony sounded the temple and oracle of Delphi. (Heeren, Ideen, vol. 3, p. 94.) Strabo reports, that it was at first consulted only by the neighbouring states; but that, after its same became more widely spread, foreign princes and nations eagerly sought responses from the sacred tripod, and loaded the altar of the god with rich presents and costly offerings (420). Pausanias states that the most ancient temple of Apollo at Delphi was formed, according to some, out of branches of bay, and that these branches were cut from the tree that was at Tempe. The form of this temple resembled that of a cottage. After mentioning a second and a third temple, the one raised, as the Delphians said, by bees from wax and wings, and sent by Apollo to the Hyperboreans, and the other built of brass, he adds, that to this succeeded a fourth and more stately edifice of stone, erected by two architects named Trophonius and Agamedes. (Pausan., 10, 5.) Here were deposited the sumptuous presents of Gyges and Midas, Alyattes and Croesus (Herodot., 1, 14; 50, 51), as well as those of the Sybarites, Spinetae, and Siceliots, each prince and nation having their separate chapel or treasury for the reception of these offerings, with an inscription attesting the name of the donor and the cause of the gift. (Strabo, 420.) This temple having been accidentally destroyed by fire in the first year of the fifty-eighth Olympiad, or 548 B.C. (Pausan., l.c.), the Amphictyons undertook to build another for the sum of three hundred talents, of which the Delphians were to pay one fourth. The remainder of the amount is said to have been obtained by contributions from the different cities and nations. Amasis, king of Egypt, furnished a thousand talents of alumina. The Alcmaeonidae, a wealthy Athenian family, undertook the contract, and agreed to construct the edifice of Porine stone, but afterward liberally substituted Parian marble for the front, a circumstance which is said to have added considerably to their influence at Delphi. (Herodot., 2, 180.-Id., 5, 62.) According to Strabo and Pausanias, the architect was Spintharus, a Corinthian. The vast riches accumulated in this tenple, led Xerxes, after having forced the pass of Thermopylae, to detach a portion of his army into Phocis, with a view of securing Delphi and its treasures, which, as Herodotus affirms, were better known to him than the contents of his own palace. The enterprise, however, failed, owing, as it was reported by the Delphians, to the manifest interposition of the deity, who terrified the barbarians and hurled destruction on their scattered bands. (Herodot, 8, 37.) Many years subsequent to this event, the temple fell into the hands of the Phocians, headed by Philomeus, who scrupled not to appropriate its riches to the payment of his troops in the war he was then waging against Thebes. The Phocians are said to have plundered the temple, during this contest, of gold and silver, to the enormous amount of 10,000 talents, or nearly 10,600,000 dollars. (Compare Pausanias, 10, 2. —Strabo, 421.) At a still later period, Delphi became exposed to a formidable attack from a large body of Gauls, headed by their king Brennus. These barbarians, having forced the defiles of Mount CEta, possessed themselves of the temple and ransacked its treasures. The booty which they obtained on this occasion is stated to have been immense; and this they must have succeeded in removing to their own country, since we are told, that, on the capture of Tolosa, a city of Gaul, by the Roman general Capio, a great part of the Delphic spoils was found there. (Strabo, 188. Dio Cassius, Excerpt., p. 630.) Pausanias, however, relates, that the Gauls met with great disasters in their attempt on Delphi, and were totally discomfited through the miraculous intervention of the god (10, 23.—Compare Polybius, 1, 6, 5–Id., 2, 20, 6– Justin, 24, 6). Sylla is also said to have robbed this temple, as well as those of Olympia, and Epidaurus. (Dio Cass., Excerpt., p. 646–Diod. Sic., Ercerpt., 406.) Strabo assures us, that in his time the temple was greatly impoverished, all the offerings of any value having been successively removed. The Emperor Nero carried off, according to Pausanias (10, 7), five hundred statues of bronze at one time. Constantine the Great, however, proved a more fatal enemy to Delphi than either Sylla or Nero. He removed the sacred tripods to adorn the hippodrome of his new city, where, together with the Apollo, the statues of the Heliconian muses, and a celebrated statue of Pan, they were extant when Sozomen wrote his history. (Gibbon, Decline and Fall, c. 17.) Among these trii. was the famous one, which the Greeks, after the attle of Plataea, found in the camp of Mardonius. The Brazen Column which supported this tripod is still to be seen at Constantinople. (Clarke's Trapels—Greece, Egypt, &c., vol. 3, p. 75, seqq.)—The spot whence issued the prophetic vapour, which inspired the priestess, was said to be the central point of the earth, this having been proved by Jupiter himself, who despatched two eagles from opposite quarters of the heavens, which there encountered each other. (Strabo, 419.-Pausan., 10, 16.—Plut., de Orac. Def, p. 409.) Strabo reports, that the sacred tripod was placed over the mouth of the cave, whence proceeded the exhalation, and which was of great depth. On this sat the Pythia, who, having caught the inspiration, pronounced her oracles in extempore prose or verse; if the former, it was immediately versified by the poet always employed for that purpose. The oracle itself is said to have been discovered by accident. Some goats having strayed to the mouth of the cavern, were suddenly seized with convulsions: those likewise by whom they were found in this situation having been affected in a similar manner, the circumstance was deemed supernatural, and the cave pronounced the seat of prophecy. (Pausan., 10, 5. —Plut., de Orac. Def, p. 433.-Plin., 2, 93.) The priestess could only be consulted on certain days. The season of inquiry was the spring, during the month Busius. (Plut., Quaest Graec., p. 292.) Sacrifices and other ceremonies were to be performed by those who sought an answer from the oracle, before they could be admitted into the sanctuary. (Herodot., 7, 140.—Plut, de Orac. Def, p. 435, 437.-Id, de Pyth. Orac., p. 397.) The most remarkable of the Pythian responses are those which Herodotus records as having been delivered to the Athenians, before the invasion of Xerxes (7,140), to Croesus (1,46), to Lycurgus (1,65), to Glaucus the Spartan (6, 86), and one relative to Agesilaus, cited by Pausanias (3, 8). There was, however, it appears, no difficulty in bribing and otherwise influencing the Pythia herself, as history presents us with several instances of this imposture. Thus we are told, that the Alcmaeonidae suggested on one occasion such answers as accorded with their political designs. (Herodot., 5, 62, 90.) Cleomenes, king of Sparta, also prevailed on the priestess to aver that his colleague Demaratus was illegitimate. On the discovery, however, of this machination, the Pythia was removed from her office. (Herodotus, 6, 66.) The same charge was brought against Plistonax, another sovereign of Sparta. (Thucyd., 5, 16. —Compare Plut., Wit. Demosth., p. 854. —Id., Wit.

Nic, p. 532.) Delphi derived farther celebrity from its being the place where the Amphictyonic council held one of their assemblies (Strabo, 420.-Sainte Croir, des Gouvern. Feder. Art., 2, p. 19), and also from the institution of the games which that ancient and illustrious body had established after the successful termination of the Crissaean war. (Wid. Pythia, II., and compare Clinton's Fasti Hellenici, Appendiz, 1, p. 195.) For an account of the ruins of Delphi, on part of the site of which stands the present village of Castri, consult Clarke's Travels—Greece, Egypt, &c., vol. 7, p. 225, seqq.—Dodwell's Tour, vol. 1, p. 174, seqq.—And for some remarks on the fable of Apollo and Python, consult the latter article. —No traces of the sacred aperture remain at the present day. Dr. Clarke, however, inclines to the opinion that it ought to be searched for in the very middle of the ancient city. He bases his remark on a passage of Steph. Byz. (p. 229, ed. Gronov., Amst., 1678), and on the statement of Strabo, that the navel of the earth was in the midst of the temple of Apollo. (Clarke's Travels, l.c.) Delphicus, a surname of Apollo, from his sanctuary and worship at Delphi. Delphus, a son of Apollo and Celaeno, who, according to one account, was the founder of Delphi. (Pausan., 10, 6.) Delta, a part of Egypt, which received that name from its resemblance to the form of the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. It lay between the Canopic and Pelusiac mouths of the Nile, where the river begins to branch off, and is generally supposed to have been formed, in part at least, if not altogether, by the deposites of the Nile. (Consult remarks under the article Nilus, and also Lyell's Geology, vol. 1, p. 355.) DeMXDEs, an Athenian, of obscure origin, the son of a mariner, and at first a mariner himself. He asterward, although without any liberal education, came forward as a public speaker, and obtained great influence among his countrymen. Demades is described as a witty, acute, and fluent speaker, but an unprincipled and immoral man. Having been taken prisoner at Chaeronea, he is said, by a free and well-timed rebuke, to have checked the insolent joy displayed by Philip, but afterward to have allowed himself to be corrupted, and employed as a venal agent by the conqueror. The first part of this story is hardly credible, the latter is fully substantiated. Demades from this time was the tool of Macedon. He advocated the interests of Philip, flattered his successor Alexander, sided with Antipater, and, in a word, is described by Plutarch as the man who, of all the demagogues of the day, contributed most to the ruin of his country. (Wit. Phoc. init.) He was at last put to death by Cassander, having been proved, by means of an intercepted letter, to be in secret league with the enemies of the former, B.C. 318. Cicero and Quintilian state, that no orations of Demades were extant in their time. (Cic., Brut., 9.-Quint., 2, 17, et 12.) The old rhetorician, however, from whom Tzetzes drew his information on the subject, had read speeches of his. (Tzetz., Chil., 6, 36, seq.) We have, moreover, remaining at the present day a fragment of an oration by Demades, entitled ūtop tic doćexaeriac, “An apology for his conduct during the twelve years he had been a public orator.” It is to be found in the collections of Aldus, Stephens, and Reiske. (Ruhnken, Hist. Crit. Orat. Graec., in Opusc., vol. 1, p. 349, seqq. —Hauptmann, de Demade Dissert.—Schöll, Hist. Lit. Gr., vol. 2, p. 265, seq.) DEMARATus, I. the son and successor of Ariston on the throne of Sparta, B.C. 526. He was deposed, through the intrigues of Cleomenes, his colleague, on the ground of his being illegitimate. After his deposition, he was chosen and held the office of magistrate ; but, being insultingly derided on one * by Leotychides, who had been appointed king in his stead, he retired, first to the island of Zacynthus, whither he was pursued by the Lacedæmonians, and afterward crossed over into Asia to Darius, who received him honourably, and presented him with lands and cities. (Herod., 6, 65, 70.) He enabled Xerxes subsequently to obtain the nomination to the empire, in preference to his elder brother Artabazarnes, by suggesting to him an argument, the justice of which was acknowledged by Darius. (Herod., 7, 3.) We find him after this, though an exile from his country, yet sending the first intelligence to Sparta of the designs of Xerxes against Greece. (Herod., 7, 239.) e accompanied the monarch on his expedition, frankly praised to him the discipline of the Greeks, and especially that of the Spartans; and, before the battle of Thermopylae, explained to him some of the warlike customs of the lastmentioned people. (Herod., 7, 209.) We learn also, that he advised Xerxes to seize, with his fleet, on the island of Cythera, off the coast of Laconia, from which he might continually infest the shores of that country. The monarch did not adopt his suggestion, but still always regarded the exile Spartan as a friend, and treated him accordingly. The nature of the advice relative to Cythera makes it more than probable that Demaratus, in sending home information of the threatened expedition of Xerxes, meant in reality to taunt and alarm his countrymen. (Herod., 7, 234, seqq.)— II. A rich citizen of Corinth, of the family of the Bacchiadae. When Cypselus had usurped the sovereign power of Corinth, Demaratus, with all his family, mi. to Italy, and settled at Tarquinii,658 years beore Christ. Commerce had not been deemed disreputable among the Corinthian nobility; and as a merchant, therefore, Demaratus had formed ties of friendship at this place. He brought great wealth with him. The sculptors Eucheir and Eugrammus, and Cleohantus the painter, were said to have accompanied im; and along with the fine arts of Greece, he taught (so the popular account said) alphabetic writing to the Etrurians. His son Lucumo migrated afterward to Rome, and became monarch there under the name of Tarquinius Priscus. (Plin., 35, 5. – Liv., 1, 34, seqq.)—III. A Corinthian, in the time of Philip and his son Alexander. He had connexions of hospitality with the royal family of Macedon, and, having paid a visit to Philip, succeeded in reconciling that monarch to his son. After Alexander had overthrown the Persian empire, Demaratus, though advanced in years, made a voyage to the east in order to see the conqueror, and, when he beheld him, exclaimed, “What a pleasure have those Greeks missed, who died without seeing Alexander seated on the throne of Darius!”. He died soon after, and was honoured with a magnificent funeral. (Plut., Wit. Alez., c. 37.—Id, ibid., c. 56. —Id., Wit. Ages., c. 15.)—IV. A Corinthian exile at the court of Philip, king of Macedonia. (Plut., Alex.) DEMETRIA, a festival in honour of Ceres, called by the Greeks Deméter (Amuñtmp). It was then customa for the votaries of the goddess to lash themselves . whips made with the bark of trees. The Athenians instituted for a short time a solemnity of the same name, in honour of Demetrius Poliorcétes. DEMETRíAs, a city of Thessaly, on the Sinus Pelasgicus or Pagasaeus, at the mouth of the river Onchestus. It owed its name and origin to Demetrius Poliorcetes, about 290 B.C., and derived, as Strabo reports, its population, in the first instance, from the neighbouring towns of Nelia, Pagasae, Ormenium, Rhizus, Sepias, Olizon, Boebe, and Iolcos, all of which were finally included within its territory. (Strabo, 436.—Plut., Vit. Demetr.) It soon became one of the most flourishing towns in Thessaly, and, in a military point of view, was allowed to rank among the principal fortresses of Greece. It was, in fact, most *so placed for defending the approaches to

the defile of Tempe, as well on the side of the plains as on that of the mountains. Its maritime situation also, both srom its proximity to the island of Euboea, to Attica, the Peloponnesus, the Cyclades, and the opposite shores of Asia, rendered it a most important acquisition to the sovereigns of Macedonia. Hence Philip, the son of Demetrius, is said to have termed it one of the chains of Greece. (Polyb., 17, 11.—Liv., 32, 37.—Id., 28, 5.) After the battle of Cynoscephalae, it became the principal town of the Magnesian reR. and the seat of government. It fell under the oman power after the battle of Pydna. Demetrias is generally thought to coincide with the modern Wolo; but this last occupies the site of the ancient Pagasa. (Cramer's Anc. Greece, vol. 1, p. 434.) DEMETRius, I. a son of Antigonus and Stratonice, surnamed Poliorcétes (IIožtopkmrūs), “besieger of cities,” from his talents as an engineer, and his peculiar skill in conducting sieges, especially by the aid of machines and engines either invented or improved by himself. At the age of twenty-two he was sent by his father against Ptolemy, who had invaded Syria. He was defeated near Gaza; but he soon repaired his loss by a victory over one of the generals of the enemy. He afterward sailed with a fleet of 250 ships to Athens, and restored the Athenians to liberty, by freeing them from the power of Cassander and Ptolemy, and expelling the garrison which was stationed there under Demetrius Phalereus. The gratitude of the Athenians to their deliverer passed all bounds, or was only equalled by their sulsome and impious adulation, the details of which are to be found in the pages of Plutarch. (Wit. Demetr., c. 10.) But Demetrius was soon summoned by his father to leave the flattery of orators and demagogues, in order to resume the combined duties of an admiral and an engineer in the reduction of Cyprus. After a slight engagement with Menelaús, the brother of Ptolemy, he laid siege to Salamis, the ancient capital of that island. The occurrences of this siege occupy a prominent place in history, not so much on account of the dete-mined resistance opposed to the assailants, and the great importance attached to its issue by the heads of the belligerent parties, as for a new species of warlike engine invented by Demetrius, and first employed by him against the city of Salamis. The instrument in question was called an Helepôlis, or “Town-taker,” and was an immense tower, consisting of nine stories, gradually diminishing as they rose in altitude, and affording accommodation for a large number of armed men, who discharged all sorts of missiles against the ramparts of the enemy. Ptolemy, dreading the fall of Salamis, which would pave the way, as he easily foresaw, for the entire conquest of Cyprus, had already made formidable preparations for compelling Demetrius to raise the siege. A memorable seafight ensued, in which the ruler of Egypt was completely defeated, with the loss of nearly all his fleet, and thirty thousand prisoners. An invasion of Egypt, by Antionus, then took place, but ended disgracefully ; and emetrius was sent to reduce the Rhodians, who persisted in remaining allies to Ptolemy. The operations of the son of Antigonus before Rhodes, and the resolute defence of the place by the inhabitants, present perhaps the most remarkable example of skill and heroism that is to be found in the annals of ancient warfare. The Helepolis employed on this occasion greatly exceeded the one that was used in the siege of Salamis. Its towers were 150 feet high; it was supported on eight enormous wheels, and propelled by the labour of 3400 men. After a siege of a whole year, however, the enterprise was abandoned, a treaty was concluded with the Rhodians, and Demetrius, at the request of the Athenians, who were now again subjected to the Macedonian yoke, proceeded to rescue Greece from the power of Cassander. In this he was so success

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