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[3] But when the libations were made, he announced the death of Aegeus. Thereupon, with tumultuous lamentation, they went up in haste to the city. Whence it is, they say, that to this day, at the festival of the Oschophoria,1 it is not the herald that is crowned, but his herald's staff, and those who are present at the libations cry out: ‘Eleleu! Iou! Iou!’ the first of which cries is the exclamation of eager haste and triumph, the second of consternation and confusion.

1 A vintage festival, during which branches of the vine with grapes upon them (ὄσχοι) were borne in procession from Athens to Phalerum. See Plut. Thes. 23.2.

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