For this, the Samians
honored Aesop who, in turn, built a shrine to the Muses in acknowledgment of his debt to them; however, the shrine did not include a section for Apollo, which turned out to be a fatal move.
Bassae, Delphi and Perachora are all in breathtaking topographic settings but other temples, such as Dodona, Nemea, Olympia and the Samian
Heraion, are in surprisingly prosaic locations.
After being sold to the philosopher Xanthus, Aesop repeatedly gets the better of his master and even helps him out of several jams, as when Xanthus fails to interpret a portent for the Samians
38) The motive of the Samians
, according to Thucydides, was primarily to prove their loyalty to their Athenian confederates -- something which, as recently converted democrats,(39) they badly needed to do.
17) It could be that the idea of Semonides' Samian provenance derived entirely from his having written an Archaeology of the Samians, as the Suda attests (Test.
to the effect that Semonides was sent to Amorgos as the leader of Samian colonists settling the island.
2] 94) is not quite parallel, since the Samians
were to continue as Athenian citizens their own island.