After Stymphalus comes Alea
, which too belongs to the Argive
federation, and its citizens point to Aleus, the son of Apheidas, as their founder. The sanctuaries of the gods here are those of Ephesian Artemis and Athena Alea, and there is a temple of Dionysus with an image. In honor of Dionysus they celebrate every other year a festival called Sciereia, and at this festival, in obedience to a response from Delphi
, women are flogged, just as the Spartan lads are flogged at the image of the Orthian goddess.