The goat-shooter, a surname of Dionysus at Potniae in Boeotia. Once, when they were sacrificing to the god, they grew so violent with wine that they actually killed the priest of Dionysus. Immediately after the murder they were visited by a pestilence, and the Delphic oracle said that to cure it they must sacrifice a boy in the bloom of youth. A few years afterwards, so they say, the god substituted a goat as a victim in place of their boy.



  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 8.2.