The prominence which legend assigns to its king Echemus in opposing the Heraclid invasion shows that it was one of the chief Peloponnesian communities in the preDorian epoch.
The son of a helot mother (see Helots), but this tradition is at least doubtful; according to Plutarch he was a Heraclid, though not of either royal family.
7), the Meiones (called Maeones by other writers) were named Lydians after Lydus, the son of Attis, in the mythical epoch which preceded the rise of the Heraclid dynasty.
Under the Heraclid dynasty the limits of Lydia must have been already extended, since according to Strabo (xiii.
As the authority of the Hittite satraps at Sardis began to decay the Heraclid dynasty arose.