Ὀρχομενῷ. This ancient Boeotian city, at the influx of the Cephisus into the Copaic lake, was the capital of the kingdom of the Minyae, so called after their eponymous king Minyas, who built the famous treasurehouse at Orchomenus. The legends speak of a Minyan Orchomenus in Thessaly, and Nitzsch prefers to regard the city here spoken of as Thessalian, comparing Il.2. 511; 9.381. If the question could be decided it would make but little difference to the story, as the Minyae are represented as having immigrated from Thessaly into Boeotia, and if there were two Minyan cities called Orchomenus, they would be inhabited by the same people. There was an Arcadian Orchomenus, Il.2. 605.For the discrepancies of Orchomenian genealogy see Grote's Greece, vol. 1. chap. 6.
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