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Peisistratos

When Oinomaos, king of Elis, received suitors for his daughter Hippodameia, he killed them in a chariot race. Pelops, who had a winged chariot, bribed the king’s charioteer Myrtilos (with the right of first night with Hippodameia) to sabotage the king’s chariot, killing him. Pelops then married Hippodameia, but before their first night, they all went for a ride in the winged chariot; over Cape Garaistos in Euboea, Pelops kicked Myrtilus out and he drowned. In Hippodameia’s honor the Heraia games were established (ATHLETICS). Pelops’s children include ATREUS and Thyestes, and Chrysippus, the erômenos of LAIOS.