The town of Leibethra was in the foothills of Mount Olympus and had been settled by Thracians. According to Conon, a late Hellenistic author, Orpheus died in Leibethra. The local women tore him to pieces because he had alienated their husbands from them. The townspeople attempted to atone for this heinous crime by preserving Orpheus’ head in a splendid sanctuary where no women were allowed. The grave consisted of a column with an urn containing his bones. The material remains of the Thracian poet carried a curse. According to an oracle, the town of Leibethra would suffer utter destruction from a boar if the sun ever saw the bones of Orpheus. The locals ignored the threat, confident that it could never come to pass. Then, one day, a shepherd started singing the poetry of Orpheus in a loud and sweet voice near the tomb. His performance was so charming that many people gathered to listen to him, and in their carelessness, they toppled the column breaking the urn. The sun was finally able to see the remains of Orpheus. The same night, heavy rains caused a little stream called Hys (“sow”) to swell and flood the town. Many inhabitants and all the animals perished. The survivors abandoned the town and wandered south until they reached Eleusis, where they founded a new city (eleusis means “arrival”).