mself, see Polyaenus, Strateg.
i.6; Paus. 4.3.4ff. Sophocles alludes to the
stratagem （Soph. Aj. 1283ff., with the
Scholiast on Soph. Aj. 1285）.
And on the altars on which they sacrificed they found
signs lying: for they who got Argos by the lot
found a toad; those who got Lacedaemon found a
serpent; and those who got Messene found a
fox.In the famous paintings by Polygnotus at Delphi, the painter depicted Menelaus, king of
Sparta, with the device of a serpent on
his shield. See Paus. 10.26.3. The great Messenian hero
Aristomenes is said to have escaped by the help of a fox from the pit into which he had
been thrown by the Lacedaemonians. See Paus. 4.18.6ff. I
do not remember to have met with any evidence, other than that of Apollodorus, as to the
association of the toad with Argos. As
to these signs the seers said that those who found the toad had better stay in the city