Hegesistratus an Ephesian committed a murder in
his family, and fled to Delphi; on consulting the oracle
what place to settle in, the answer was, that when he
should come to a place where he should see the country
people dancing with garlands of olive-leaves, he should
settle there. He travelled into a certain country of Asia,
where he found as the oracle told him, and there built a
city which he called Elaeus.—Pythocles the Samian, in
the Third Book of his Georgics.
Telegonus, the son of Ulysses by Circe, was sent to
find out his father, and commanded by an oracle to erect
a city where he should see the country people dancing
with garlands. He came into a certain place of Italy,
where he found the countrymen dancing with wreaths of ilex
about their heads; so that there he built a city, and called
it Prinistum, for an ilex in Greek is πρῖνος.
corruptly call this city Praeneste.—Aristocles, in the
Third Book of his Italian History.