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DAEDALA.

of a cymbalistria is taken from an ancient marble, and given on the authority of Lampe.

The cymbal was a very ancient instrument, being used in the worship of Cybele, Bacchus, Juno, and all the earlier deities of the Grecian and Roman mythology. It probably came from the East, from whence, through the Phoenicians, it was conveyed to Spain (compare Martial's Baetica Crumata). Among the Jews it appears (from 2 Chron. v. 32, 13; Nehem. xii. 27) to have been an instrument in common use. At Rome we first hear of it in Livy's account of the Bacchic orgies, which were introduced from Etruria. (xxxix. 9.)

For sistrwn, which some have referred to the class of cym^ala, see sistr-tm. [B. J.]

CYRBEIS (Kfygeis). [axones.]

CYZIGENUS OECUS. [Donus].

CYZICENUS NUMMUS. [stater].

D.

DACTYLIOTHECA (SafCTu\to0^/o/),acase or box where rings were kept. (Mart. xi. 59.) The name was also applied to a cabinet or collection of jewels. We learn from Pliny {If. N. xxxvii. 5), that Scaurus, the step-son of Sulla, was the first person at Rome who had a collection of this kind, and that his was the only one till Pompey brought to Rome the collection of Mithridates, which he placed in the capitol.

DACTYLUS (SaKTuAos), a Greek measure, answering to the Roman digitus, each signifying a finger-breadth, and being the sixteenth part of a foot. [pes.] (See the Tables.) [P.S.]

DADUCHUS. [eleusinia.]

DAEDALA or DAEDALEIA (ScuSaAa, Sat- 8aAeia), were names used by the Greeks to sig­ nify those early works of art which were ascribed to the age of Daedalus, and especially the ancient wooden statues, ornamented with gilding and bright colours and real drapery, which were the earliest known forms of the images of the gods, after the mere blocks of wood or stone, which were at first used for symbols of them. (See Diet, of Greek and Roman Biog., art. Daedalus., vol. i. p. 928.) - [P.S.]

DAEDALA (ScuSaAa), a festival, celebrated in Boeotia in honour of Hera, surnamed NvfjL^evo/nevrj or TeAeia (Paus. ix. 2. § 5). Its origin and mode of celebration are thus described by Pausanias (ix. 3. § 1, &c.) : — Hera was once angry with Zeus, and withdrew herself to Euboea. Zeus not being able to persuade her to return, went to Cithaeron, who then governed Plataeae, and who was said to be unequalled in wisdom. He advised Zeus to get a wooden statue, to dress and place it upon a chariot, and to say that it was Plataea, the daughter of Asopus, whom he was going to marry. Zeus fol­lowed the advice of Cithaeron, and no sooner had Hera heard of her husband's projected marriage than she returned. But when, on approaching the chariot and dragging off the coverings, she saw the wooden statue, she was pleased with the device, and became reconciled to Zeus. In remembrance of this reconciliation the Plataeans solemnised the festival of the daedala, which owes its name to AcuSaAa, the nama by which, in ancient times, statues were designated. (See preceding article.) Pausanias was told that the festival was held every seventh year, but he believes that it took

DAMARETION.

place at shorter intervals, though he was unable to discover the exact time.

This festival was celebrated by the Plataeans alone, and was called the lesser Daedala (Aou'SaAa /u/tpc£), and was celebrated in the following man­ner : — In the neighbourhood of Alalcomene was the greatest oak-forest of Boeotia, and in it a number of oak trunks. ' Into this forest the Pla­taeans went, and exposed pieces of cooked meat to the ravens, attentively watching upon which tree any of the birds, after taking a piece of the meat, would settle ; and the trees on which any of the ravens settled, were cut down and worked into daedala, i. e. roughly hewn statues.

The great Daedala (AcuSaAa /^eyd\a)^ in the celebration of which the Plataeans were joined by the other Boeotians, took place every sixtieth year; because at one time when the Plataeans were ab­sent from their country, the festival had not been celebrated for a period of sixty years. At each of the lesser Daedala fourteen statues were made in the manner described above, and distributed by lot among the towns of Plataeae, Coroneia, Thespiae, Tanagra, Chaeroneia, Orchomenos, Lebadeia, and Thebes; the smaller towns took one statue in common. The Boeotians assembled on the banks of the Asopus ; here a statue of Hera was adorned and raised on a chariot, and a young bride led the procession. The Boeotians then decided by lot in what order they were to form the procession, and drove their chariots away from the river and up mount Cithaeron, on the summit of which an altar was erected of square pieces of wood, fitted together like stones. This altar was covered with a quantity of dry wood, and the towns, persons of rank, and other wealthv individuals, offered each

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a heifer to Hera, and a bull to Zeus, with plenty of wine and incense, and at the same time placed the daedala upon the altar. For those who did not possess sufficient means, it was customary to offer small sheep, but all their offerings were burnt in the same manner as those of the wealthier per­sons. The fire consumed both offerings and altar, and the immense flame thus kindled was seen far and wide.

The account of the origin of the daedala given by Pausanias agrees in the main points with the story related by Plutarch (apud Euseb. De Prae- parat. Evang. iii. p. 83, and Fragm. p. 759, &c. ed. Wyttenb.), who wrote a work on the Plataean daedala ; the only difference is that Plutarch re­ presents Zeus as receiving his advice to deceive Hera from Alalcomenes ; and that he calls the wooden statue by which the goddess was to be de­ ceived Daedala, instead of Plataea. Plutarch also adds some remarks respecting the meaning of the festival, and thinks that the dispute between Zeus and Hera had reference to the physical revolutions to which Boeotia, at a very remote period, had been subject, and their reconciliation to the restor­ ation of order in the elements. (See Creuzer, Symbol, und Myihol. ii. p. 5805 and Miiller's Or- chom. p. 216, &c. 2d edit.) [L. S.]

DAMARETION (A^ape're/ov xpt*10"), * Sicilian coin, respecting which there is much dis­pute. Diodorus tells us (xi. 26) that after Gelon's great victory over the Carthaginians at Himera, his wife Damarete prevailed upon him to grant them moderate terms of peace ; and that the Cartha­ginians, as a token of their gratitude, presented Damarete with a golden crown of one hundred

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