), a festival
celebrated at Rhodes (and perhaps elsewhere) in honour of Apollo Smintheus
ff; x. p. 445 a: cf. Hermann,
§ 67, note 10). As regards the
places where Apollo was so named, see Strabo, 10.486, 13.604; Schol.
1.39; Ael. NA 13.5
who speaks of a mouse fed in the temple of Apollo Smintheus. It is beyond
our scope to discuss whether the name signifies
“mouse-destroyer,” and therefore “protector of
crops,” or whether the mouse symbolised a destroyer of enemies, or
whether, as is more recently held, the mouse was a totem: see, however,
Lang, Custom and Myth;
p. 103; Baumeister,
p. 1670 (s. v. Scopas
where the subject is illustrated by a representation on a coin.