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This interval was spent in sending embassies to Athens charged with complaints, in order to obtain as good a pretext for war as possible, in the event of her paying no attention to them. The first Lacedaemonian embassy was to order the Athenians to drive out the curse of the goddess; the history of which is as follows. In for
powerful position, who had married a
daughter of Theagenes, a Megarian, at that time tyrant of Megara.
Now this Cylon was inquiring at Delphi; when he was told by the god to seize the Acropolis of Athens on the grand
festival of Zeus.
Accordingly, procuring a force from Theagenes and persuading his friends to
join him, when the Olympic festival in Peloponnese came, he seized