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[6] The festival in honour of this victory was celebrated by Sulla in Thebes, where he prepared a stage near the fountain of Oedipus.1 But the judges were Greeks invited from the other cities, since towards the Thebans he was irreconcileably hostile. He also took away half of their territory and consecrated it to Pythian Apollo and Olympian Zeus, giving orders that from its revenues the moneys should be paid back to the gods which he had taken from them.2

1 So named [ldquo ]because in it Oedipus washed off the blood of his murdered father[rdquo ] (Pausanias, ix. 18, 4).

2 Cf. chapter xii. 3-6.

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