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Σμινθεύς). A surname of Apollo, which is derived by some from σμίνθος, “a mouse,” and by others from the town of Sminthé in Troas. The mouse was regarded by the ancients as inspired by the vapours arising from the earth, and as the symbol of prophetic power. This festival, which was celebrated at Rhodes, was called Sminthia (τὰ Σμίνθια). On the origin and significance of the name, see A. Lang, Custom and Myth, pp. 103 foll. (2d ed. London, 1885).

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