The associations of his home, not far from Corinth, where Arion was said to have established the cyclic choruses of satyrs, may account for his preference for this kind of drama.
As Amphiaraus had foretold, they all lost their lives in this war except Adrastus, who was saved by the speed of his horse Arion (Iliad, xxiii.
ARION, of Methymna, in Lesbos, a semi-legendary poet and musician, friend of Periander, tyrant of Corinth.
In the city of Corinth [Footnote: Cor'inth.] there once lived a wonderful musician whose name was Arion. [Footnote: A r_i_'on.] No other person could play on the lyre or sing so sweetly as he; and the songs which he composed were famous in many lands.
When they heard that Arion had a large sum of money with him they began to make plans to get it.
Arion overheard them plotting.
"I shall jump overboard," said Arion, "but I pray that you will first grant me a favor."
Arion dressed himself in his finest clothing.
What news can you give me concerning my friend Arion, the sweetest of all musicians?
Hardly had they spoken these words when the door opened and Arion himself stood before them.
Now, how was Arion saved from drowning when he leaped overboard?
Other people think that the dolphin which saved Arion was not a fish, but a ship named the _Dolphin_.
They say that Arion, being a good swimmer, kept himself afloat until this ship happened to pass by and rescued him from the waves.
The name of Arion is still remembered as that of a most wonderful musician.