Those parts that bore some moisture from the earth
became the flesh; whereas the solid parts –
whatever could not bend – became the bones.
What had been veins remained, with the same name.
And since the gods had willed it so, quite soon
the stones that man had thrown were changed to men,
and those the woman cast took women's forms.
From this, our race is tough, tenacious; we
work-hard – proof of our stony ancestry. (1.407-415)
To keep the memory of that great feat
alive, the god established sacred games;
and after the defeated serpent's name
they were called Pythian. (1.445-446)
The oracle replies: "You'll meet a heifer
in a deserted place – a cow that never
has worn the yoke or drawn a curving plow.
You are to follow in that heifer's tracks;
and where she stops to rest upon the grass,
you are to build your walls and call that land