Daughter of Macar
Hypsipylos occurs only once elsewhere, as the name of a king of Methymna in a fragment of Apollonius Rhodius
The earliest inhabitants of the island were a pre-Greek people whose settlement dates to before 3000 B.C. After c. 1000 B.C. Aeolian Greeks from Thessaly arrived on the island and founded the towns of Mytilene and Methymna.
I am going on to tell a Lesbian story. Certain fishermen of Methymna found that their nets dragged up to the surface of the sea a face made of olive-wood. Its appearance suggested a touch of divinity, but it was outlandish, and unlike the normal features of Greek gods. So the people of Methymna asked the Pythian priestess of what god or hero the figure was a likeness, and she bade them worship Dionysus Phallen. Whereupon the people of Methymna kept for themselves the wooden image out of the sea, worshipping it with sacrifices and prayers, but sent a bronze copy to Delphi.
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