). A festival held by the Argives in August, during
which they killed any dog that came into the Agora; hence the name κυνοφόντις
given to the feast (Athen. iii. p. 99 e
massacre of dogs was probably due to the fear of madness, as was the similar killing of dogs
at Rome in the same month, which is, however, usually assigned to their having failed to give
notice of the attack of the Gauls on the Capitol. See Pliny,
H. N. xxix. 59.