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Philolaus was a memebr of the Bacchiadae, a ruling clan in Corinth, and a nomothete (lawgiver) of Thebes, Greece, giving them the adoption laws. His eromenos won the Stadion stadion race at the thirteenth Ancient Olympic Games of 728, which at that time only featured that one contest.[1] Diocles was compelled to leave Corinth and go to Thebes, perhaps as a result of being banished. Philolaus followed him, aware of the improper passion that Alcyone, his eromenos' mother, had for him. The two lived out their lives in Thebes, and were buried there together, their tombs across from each other.[2]


  1. The Sicilian colony dates By Molly Miller; p213
  2. Commentary on Aristotle's Politics By Saint Thomas (Aquinas), Richard J. Regan; p177