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The city Parium is situated on the sea; it has a larger harbor than Priapus, and its territory has been increased at the expense of Priapus; for the Parians curried favor with the Attalic kings, to whom the territory of Priapus was subject, and by their permission cut off for themselves a large part of that territory. Here is told the mythical story that the Ophiogeneis1 are akin to the serpent tribe:2 and they say that the males of the Ophiogeneis cure snake-bitten people by continuous stroking, after the manner of enchanters, first transferring the livid color to their own bodies and then stopping both the inflammation and the pain. According to the myth, the original founder of the tribe, a certain hero, changed from a serpent into a man. Perhaps he was one of the Libyan Psylli,3 whose power persisted in his tribe for a certain time.4 Parium was founded by Milesians and Erythraeans and Parians.

1 "Serpent-born."

2 See Leaf, work last cited, p. 85.

3 See 17. 1. 44.

4 See Fraser, Totemism and Exogamy, 1. 20, 2. 54 and 4. 178.

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