Traveling alone, each member of the Crypteia would inevitably cross the Taygetos [mountain] range and slip into Messenia.
First great war between Sparta and Messenia: the latter is subjugated.
Messenia was at this time ruled by Melanthus, a descendant of Neleus.
The social and political state of Sparta became fixed by her conquest of Messenia.
Melanthus and his race were thus foreigners in Messenia and were unpopular.
He then settled down to the bar at Kalamata in Messenia, where he married a lady belonging to the Mavromichalis family.
And with this tragedy ends all we need to tell about the first champion of Messenia.
At last Eira, the chief city of Messenia, was betrayed by a foolish woman, while Aristomenes was laid aside by a wound.
Figs are also abundant, especially in Messenia and in the Cyclades.
But Messenia was doomed by the gods, and no man could avert its fate.