Herodotus VI: 105


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Greek

καὶ πρῶτα μὲν ἐόντες ἔτι ἐν τῷ ἄστεϊ οἱ στρατηγοὶ ἀποπέμπουσι ἐς Σπάρτην κήρυκα Φειδιππίδην Ἀθηναῖον μὲν ἄνδρα, ἄλλως δὲ ἡμεροδρόμην τε καὶ τοῦτο μελετῶντα: τῷ δή, ὡς αὐτός τε ἔλεγε Φειδιππίδης καὶ Ἀθηναίοισι ἀπήγγελλε, περὶ τὸ Παρθένιον ὄρος τὸ ὑπὲρ Τεγέης ὁ Πὰν περιπίπτει: [2] βώσαντα δὲ τὸ οὔνομα τοῦ Φειδιππίδεω τὸν Πᾶνα Ἀθηναίοισι κελεῦσαι ἀπαγγεῖλαι, δι᾽ ὅ τι ἑωυτοῦ οὐδεμίαν ἐπιμελείην ποιεῦνται ἐόντος εὐνόου Ἀθηναίοισι καὶ πολλαχῇ γενομένου σφι ἤδη χρησίμου, τὰ δ᾽ ἔτι καὶ ἐσομένου. [3] καὶ ταῦτα μὲν Ἀθηναῖοι, καταστάντων σφι εὖ ἤδη τῶν πρηγμάτων, πιστεύσαντες εἶναι ἀληθέα ἱδρύσαντο ὑπὸ τῇ ἀκροπόλι Πανὸς ἱρόν, καὶ αὐτὸν ἀπὸ ταύτης τῆς ἀγγελίης θυσίῃσι ἐπετείοισι καὶ λαμπάδι ἱλάσκονται.

Translation

And while they were still in the city, the generals sent to Sparta as a herald Pheidippides, firstly as an Athenian man, but particularly as an all-day runner and trained in this. As Pheidippides himself said and as he explained to the Athenians, Pan bumped into him on Mount Parthenios above Tegea. (2) He said that Pan called out Pheidippides’ name and told him to challenge the Athenians why they paid no attention to him though he was well–disposed to them and had often been useful to them already, and he would still be so. (3) And when their business was well settled for the while, the Athenians, believing this to be true, established a shrine of Pan below the acropolis, and they propitiate him with annual sacrifices and a torch race because of this report.