TIRYNS (Mycenean palace) ARGOLIS
On the way from Argos to Epidauria there is on the right a building made very like a pyramid, and on it in relief are wrought shields of the Argive shape. Here took place a fight for the throne between Proetus and Acrisius; the contest, they say, ended in a draw, and a reconciliation resulted afterwards, as neither could gain a decisive victory. The story is that they and their hosts were armed with shields, which were first used in this battle. For those that fell on either side was built here a common tomb, as they were fellow citizens and kinsmen.
Going on from here and turning to the right, you come to the ruins of Tiryns. The Tirynthians also were removed by the Argives, who wished to make Argos more powerful by adding to the population. The hero Tiryns, from whom the city derived its name, is said to have been a son of Argus, a son of Zeus. The wall, which is the only part of the ruins still remaining, is a work of the Cyclopes made of unwrought stones, each stone being so big that a pair of mules could not move the smallest from its place to the slightest degree. Long ago small stones were so inserted that each of them binds the large blocks firmly together.
Going down seawards, you come to the chambers of the daughters of Proetus. On returning to the highway you will reach Medea on the left hand.(2.25.7-8)
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Now it seems that Tiryns was used as a base of operations by Proetus, and was
walled by him through the aid of the Cyclopes, who were seven in number, and were
called "Bellyhands" because they got their food from their handicraft, and they
came by invitation from Lycia.
And perhaps the caverns near Nauplia and the works therein are named after them.
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