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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 3 (search)
ced their name and their lineage to an animal ancestress.
But it would be rash to infer that the seal was the totem of the Phocians. There is no
evidence that they regarded the seal with any superstitious respect, though the people
of Phocaea, in Asia Minor, who were Phocians by descent （Paus. 7.3.10）, put the figure of a seal on their earliest coins. But
this was probably no more than a punning badge, like the rose of Rhodes and the wild celery (se/linon) of Selinus. See
George Macdonald, Coin Types （Glasgow, 1905）,
pp. 17, 41, 50.
Now Aeacus was the most pious of men. Therefore, when Greece suffered from infertility on account of Pelops, because in a war with
Stymphalus, king of the Arcadians, being unable to conquer Arcadia, he slew the king under a pretence of friendship, and scattered his
mangled limbs, oracles of the gods declared that Greece would be rid of its present calamities if Aeacus would offer prayers