) is the name of a propitiatory festival solemnized at
Sicyon, in honour of Apollo and Artemis, of which Pausanias (2.7.7
) gives the following account:--Apollo and
Artemis, after the destruction of the Python, had wished to be purified at
) ; but being driven away by a phantom
(whence in after-times a certain spot in the town was called Φόβος
), they proceeded to Carmanos in Crete.
Upon this the inhabitants of Sicyon were attacked by a pestilence, and the
seers ordered them to appease the deities. Seven boys and the same number of
girls were ordered to go to the river Sythas, and bathe in its waters; then
to carry the statues of the two deities into the temple of Peitho, and from
thence back to that of Apollo. Similar rites, says Pausanias, still continue
to be observed; for at the festival of Apollo the boys go to the river
Sythas, and carry the two deities into the temple of Peitho, and thence back
to that of Apollo.
Although festivals under the name of Apollonia, in honour of Apollo, are
mentioned in no other place, still it is not improbable that they existed
under the same name in other towns of Greece.