Αἰολίδης, a name the meaning of which we cannot explain. In Od. 11.237 it is given to Kretheus, where the genealogical connexion with the Enipeus carries us to the SW. portion of the Thessalian plain, called “Αἰολίς” before the invasion of the Thessalians (Herod.vii. 176). In the Hesiodean “ἢ οἷαι” (frag. 27) Sisyphos is already made the son of the eponymos of the “Αἰολεῖς”, and this agrees with the Aiolic origin of the Corinthians (“Κορινθίοις .. οὖσιν Αἰολεῦσι” Thuk.iv. 42). But the fragments of tradition about the Aiolic name are so complex that it seems impossible to disentangle any historic thread, or to feel any confidence as to the way in which the legend presented itself to the author of this passage.
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