SOME writers reckon the Curetes among the Acarnanians, others among the Ætolians; some allege that they came from Crete, others that they came from Eubœa. Since, however, they are mentioned by Homer, we must first examine his account of them. It is thought that he does not mean the Acarnanians, but the Ætolians, in the following verses, for the sons of Porthaon were,
both of which are Ætolian cities, and are mentioned in the Ætolian Catalogue; wherefore since those who inhabited Pleuron appear to be, according to Homer, Curetes, they might be Ætolians. The opponents of this conclusion are misled by the mode of expression in these verses,
“ Agrius, Melas, and the hero Œneus,”
These dwelt at Pleuron, and the lofty Calydon,1Il. xiv. 116.
for neither would he have used appropriate terms if he had said, “ Bœotians and Thebans were contending against each other,
“ Curetes and Ætolians, firm in battle, were fighting for the city Calydon,2”Il. ix. 525.
” nor “ Argives and Peloponnesians.
” But we have shown in a former part of this work, that this mode of expression is usual with Homer, and even trite among other poets. This objection then is easily answered. But let the objectors explain, how, if these people were not Æto- lians, the poet came to reckon the Pleuronii among the Æto lians.