As there had been no rain for a year and more in Boeotia, the Boeotians sent to Delphi envoys from each city. These asked for a cure for the drought, and were bidden by the Pythian priestess to go to Trophonius at Lebadeia and to discover the remedy from him. Coming to Lebadeia they could not find the oracle. Thereupon Saon, one of the envoys from the city Acraephnium and the oldest of all the envoys, saw a swarm of bees. It occurred to him to follow himself wheresoever the bees turned. At once he saw the bees flying into the ground here, and he went with them into the oracle.

It was said that Trophonius taught this Saon the customary ritual, and all the observances kept at the oracle.



  • Description of Greece ix, 40.1-2.