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The Eternal City of Europe
The place is famous for:
Hera's favourite city
Now the gods were sitting with Zeus in council upon the golden floor while Hebe
went round pouring out nectar for them to drink, and as they pledged one another
in their cups of gold they looked down upon the town of Troy. The son of Kronos
then began to tease Hera, talking at her so as to provoke her. "Menelaos,"
said he, "has two good friends among the goddesses, Hera of Argos,
and Athena of Alalkomene...
..."My own three favorite cities," answered Hera, "are Argos, Sparta, and Mycenae.
Sack them whenever you may be displeased with them. I shall not defend them and
I shall not care. Even if I did, and tried to stay you, I should take nothing
by it, for you are much stronger than I am, but I will not have my own work wasted.
I too am a god and of the same race with yourself. I am Kronos' eldest daughter,
and am honorable not on this ground only, but also because I am your wife, and
you are king over the gods. Let it be a case, then, of give-and-take between us,
and the rest of the gods will follow our lead. (Homer Il. 4.1)
- Homer, The Iliad (ed. Samuel Butler)
Ancient authors' reports
Argos =the best soil in Greece
The Megarians, sending to Delphi to inquire which was the most noble city in Greece, received the answer, Argos was the best soil, Thrace was supreme for its horses, Sparta for her women, Syracuse for men
- R. J. Cholmeley, M.A., The Idylls of Theocritus, Commentary
Homer's poems celebrated city
We find Cieisthenes also engaged in war with Argos, his enmity to which is said by Herodotus to have been so great, that he prohibited the recitation at Sicyon of Homer's poems, because Argos was celebrated in them , and restored to the worship of Dionysus
- A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith)
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