moth genus, see " Biston (moth).
Biston was the son of
Aresand Pyrene in Greek mythology, a brother of the warlike Cycnus. Biston built the city of Bistoniaon the shores of Lake Bistonisin Thrace. He also introduced the Thracian practice of tattooing both men and women with eye-like patterns as a magical fetish, in response to an oracle which guaranteed victory against the neighbouring Edonianstribe if so adorned (cf. Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. Bistonia). The Thracian Bistonians were famous for their warlike nature and cult of Ares whom they worshipped in the form of an upright standing sword.
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