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Plutarch, Liebeserzählungen (Moralia 772E-773B):
This Melissus had a son named Actaeon [Ἀκταίων], the handsomest and most modest youth of his age, who had many lovers [ἐρασταί], chief of whom was Archias, of the family of the Heracleidae, in wealth and general influence the most outstanding man in Corinth.

Now when he could not gain the boy by persuasion, he determined to carry him off by force. So he got together a crowd of friends and servants, went as in a drunken frolic to the house of Melissus, and tried to take the boy away. But his father and his friends resisted, the neighbours also ran out and pulled against the assailants, and so Actaeon was pulled to pieces and killed; the assailants thereupon went away.

But Melissus took his son’s body and exhibited it in the market-place of the Corinthians, demanding the punishment of the men who had done the deed; but the Corinthians merely pitied him and did nothing further.

So, being unsuccessful, he went away and waited for the Isthmian festival, when he went up upon the temple of Poseidon, shouted accusations against the Bacchiadae (1), and reminded the people of his father Habron’s benefactions, whereupon, calling upon the gods to avenge him, he threw himself down from the rocks.

Not long afterwards the city was afflicted by drought and pestilence, and when the Corinthians consulted the oracle concerning relief, the god replied that the wrath of Poseidon would not relax until they inflicted punishment for the death of Actaeon. Archias knew of this, for he was himself one of those sent to consult the oracle, and voluntarily refrained from returning to Corinth.

Instead he sailed to Sicily and founded Syracuse. There he became the father of two daughters, Ortygia and Syracusa, and was treacherously murdered by Telephus, who had been his beloved and had sailed with him to Sicily in command of a ship.

[Plutarch, Moralia, Vol. X. Edited by Harold North Fowler. Cambridge (Mass.)/London 1936, pp. 8-11]

(1) Diese Familie regierte Korinth im 8. und 7. Jahrhundert v.u.Z.
 
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