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58) Those whom we have received from Athens, and any other Greek sources which are intermingled with us, I shall mention when the progress of my narrative reaches the proper occasion for the topic. 24 Indeed, it was respected even by the gods of 22 According to Malalas (Chron. 201) her name was Amyce ^ the name of the plain near Antioch. 23 The Heraclidae, banished by Eurystheus from Argos, were settled according to Athenian legend at Marathon, but their story was embroidered with numerous variants later.
Libanius concentrates on the in£uence of the divine throughout, beginning with the religious connections between Antiochene cults and the earliest Greek mythology, before passing on to their in£uences upon historical but non-Greek characters, and ¢nally to acknowledged Greek and Macedonian in£uences. V. , Suppl. 540. The story of her wanderings in Syria and Egypt was current by Herodotus’ time, cf. 41. 5). Malalas (Chron. ) gives variations, including Io’s death in Syria. Episodes ¢gure in Antiochene mosaics, cf.
33 Libanius here is the only authority to claim Alexander as a potential founder of the city, a deduction from the names of the spring, of the cult of Zeus Bottiaeus (Bottius, Malal. Chron. 193), and of Emathia (on Mt Silpius). ) notes, these were the THE ANTIOCHIKOS 21 place which could match his own exalted character. (75) He experienced two desires ^ one for our country, the other for the acquisition of the remainder of the world; one tended to make him stay, the other urged him to go on, and so he was torn between settling the place and prosecuting his campaign.