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Golden’ Demeter, ibid. 500. 12 ORATION 11 see in one and the same place, trees growing and corn beneath them. In fact, though it shows these crops separately, it produces them all together, for their part of our domain is rich in barley and in wine, and partakes in everything. 12 Any de¢ciency in the plain is often advantageous to the uplands; conversely, any harm which a¡ects the upland areas may not appear on the plains. Thus we can for the most part ¢nd a secure livelihood through the prosperity of either the whole country, or at least half of it.
201) her name was Amyce ^ the name of the plain near Antioch. 23 The Heraclidae, banished by Eurystheus from Argos, were settled according to Athenian legend at Marathon, but their story was embroidered with numerous variants later. One of these was that they, with a band of Eleans, founded the city of Heracleia, the later Daphne. The in£uence of the Seleucid founders, Macedonians claiming descent from Heracles, is to be seen in the currency of this legend. For Heracles on mosaics at Daphne cf.
The in£uence of the Seleucid founders, Macedonians claiming descent from Heracles, is to be seen in the currency of this legend. For Heracles on mosaics at Daphne cf. , II Tables iv b, xxx b, etc. 24 Libanius proceeds to connect divine aetiological stories referring to a period before the foundation of Antioch with various non-Greek rulers. C. is connected with the temple of Artemis at Meroe, a suburb east of the city (for which temple, its repair and the boxing contests held there cf. Or. ). The temple was allegedly built by the almost legendary queen Semiramis, who, as a historical ¢gure, 18 ORATION 11 the Persians, and before them by the Assyrians.