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Gynaecothoenas, "the god feasted by women", was an "epithet of the "Ancient Greek god "Ares at "Tegea. In a war of the Tegeatans against the "Lacedaemonian king Charillus, the women of Tegea made an attack upon the enemy from an "ambuscade. This decided the victory. The women therefore celebrated the victory alone, and excluded the men from the sacrificial feast. This, according to "Pausanias, gave rise to the surname of "Ares.[1]



  1. ^ Pausanias. Description of Greece, viii. 48. § 3 (cited by Smith).


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