). A town in Laconia, where Demeter had a
temple. Aristomenes, the Messenian leader, endeavoured on one occasion to seize a party of
Laconian women who were celebrating here the rites of the goddess. The attempt failed, through
the courageous resistance of the women, and Aristomenes himself was taken prisoner. He was
released, however, the same night, by Archidamea, the priestess of Demeter, who had before
this cherished an affection for him.