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Ἦλιν ἀνάσσεσθαι, Διὸς οἰκίον, ἔλλιπε Φυλεῖ
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This tale sets out to explain a peculiar marriage ritual among the Eleans: the custom that the bride to be visited before her nuptials by an armed warrior. The reason given for this is that when Heracles had completed the task of cleaning out the Augean stables, Augeus, the king of Elis, refused to pay him. Heracles then marched against Elis, deposed Augeus, and installed his own son as king. To replenish the men lost in war, he compelled the Elean women to sleep with his soldiers. At this time he also established the Olympic games.
The aition is linked to Acontius and Cydippe by providing an account of another odd marriage custom; it also may belong to a series of aitia on panhellenic games.
Ἦλις -ιδος, ἡ: Elis, a region in the Peloponnesus on the west coast, also a city of the same name
ἀνάσσω: be lord, master; rule in
Ζεύς, gen. Διός or Ζηνός, dat. Διί or Ζηνί, acc. Δία or Ζῆνα: Zeus
Φυλεύς Φυλέος, ὁ: Phyleus, son of Augēas of Elis, banished by his father, because when appointed arbiter in the dispute between Augeas and Heracles he decided in favor of the latter (Iliad 2.628, 10.110).
Come now, tell me . . .
He left Elis, the home of Zeus, to Phyleus, to rule over it