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This is the meaning of the legend, and archaeology corroborates it. To Tiryns also belongs the myth of the Proitides, which in its present form belongs to a younger type. With this city, too, the Belle~ rophon story is properly connected, for the intrigue which gives occasion to the exploits of the hero is carried on at the royal court of Tiryns, although he is genealogically referred to Corinth. The famous Heraion, the chief temple of Argolis, succeeded a Mycenaean royal fortress. In this place belongs the story of 10 and Argos.

They are the domestic and tutelary deities of the Spartan kings, whom Lhey accompany even to the battle-field. Both the Zeus-child and the sons of Zeus show relationship with the Minoan religIOn, but WIth dIfferent sides of it. The Zeus-child was worshipped in caves; he was Dot a domestic god like the Dioskouroi. Nevertheless it is remarkable that the name of the god of the heavens and launcher of the thunderbolt should have been given to the Cretan child-god, . for there can be no doubt that the latter is the original.

Social conditions, too, arc otten said to be reflected in the preference of the folk-tale for the youngest son.

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