Hail Μιμαλλόνες, protect us!


In the reign of Argaeus, the Illyrian Taulantii under Galaurus invaded Macedonia. Argaeus, whose force was very small, directed the Macedonian virgins, as the enemy advanced, to show themselves from mount Ereboea. They accordingly did so; and in a numerous body they poured down, covered by wreaths, and brandishing their thyrsi instead of spears. Galaurus, intimidated by the numbers of those, whom instead of women he supposed to be men, sounded a retreat; whereupon the Taulantii, throwing away their weapons, and whatever else might retard their escape, abandoned themselves to a precipitate flight. Argaeus, having thus obtained a victory without the hazard of a battle, erected a temple to Dionysos Pseudanor; and ordered the priestesses of the God, who were before called Klοdones by the Macedonians, to ever afterwards be distinguished by the title of Mimallones. (Etym. Mag. 587.53)