Hyginus, Fabula 131
ed. Marshall, Teubner 2002
Liber cum in Indiam exercitum duceret, Nyso nutricio suo, dum ipse inde rediret, regni Thebani potestatem tradidit; sed posteaquam inde reversus est Liber, Nysus regno cedere noluit. Liber cum nutricio contendere noluit, passusque est eum regnum obtinere dum occasio sibi regni recuperandi daretur. itaque post annum tertium cum eo redit in gratiam, sumulatque in regno se sacra facere velle quae trieterica dicuntur, quoniam post tertium annum faciebat, militesque muliebri ornatu pro Bacchis introduxit, et Nysum cept regnumque suum recuperavit. c
Hyginus, Fabula 131 = Nysus, trans. Mary Grant
When Liber was leading his army into India, he gave the authority over his Theban kingdom to his nurse Nysus until he should come back. But after Liber returned from there, Nysus was unwilling to yield the kingdom. Since Liber didn’t want to quarrel with his nurse he permitted him to keep the kingdom until an opportunity should come to recover it. And so, three years later, he made up the quarrel with him, and pretended he wanted to celebrate in the state the sacred rites termed Trieteric, because he performed them after the third year. He introduced soldiers as Bacchanals in women’s dress, captured Nysus, and recovered his kingdom.
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