Among the few survivors affrighted
and fleeing at end of the Trojan War was Prince Bianor, who on trying to avoid
the massacre, turned his steps toward the harbor, hoping to board some ship and
leave the country.
On finding none, he took his way to Greece
and thence to Albania, where he founded a kingdom. At time of his death, his son
Tiberis succeeded him on the throne. Tiberis then had two sons, Tiberis and
Bianor. The first son was legitimate by the father's wife, and the second son
was a natural child born of a lovely village girl named Mantua.
Trying to avoid problems of royal succession
in his kingdom, Tiberis endowed his son Bianor and the village girl Mantua with
fabulous wealth. Then he exiled them from his kingdom; they traveled on toward
Once in Italy, and in the north of that
country, this village girl Mantua herself founded the city of Manto, today known
When Bianor attained his maturity, he came
under the influence of dreams in which the god Apollo appeared and Apollo
counseled him to reject the kingship his mother was offering him. He did refuse
the kingship and he then decided to depart with his followers to lands far away
where sinks the sun in the west.
Before his departure, and by counsel of his
mother, Bianor took the prefix "Ocno"
before his name, which means, "the gift to see the
future in one's dreams."
His journey, which lasted about ten years,
was broken when one night the god Apollo again appeared to him, telling him that
in that very place he must found a new city, to which he would have to give his
life as an offering.
When Ocno awoke from the dream, he saw with
surprise a beautiful land, at peace, rich in groves of oak and madroño
trees, and an abundance of water. Near this place some shepherds were tending
their flocks; generous, amiable people, these shepherds, who called themselves
"The Carpetanos," or
"those who have no city," and who indeed
were hoping for a sign from the gods to show where they might establish their
Ocno told his people about his dream and at
that very place the people began to construct a wall, houses, a palace and a
temple.When their city was complete and they were about to consecrate it to the
gods, conflict arose, for while some were loyal devotees of the god Apollo,
others were not.
Ocno, in another of his dreams, again called
on Apollo, beseeching the god to resolve the conflict.
Apollo appeared once again to Ocno, and
directed him in two important ways: the first was that the city should be
consecrated to the goddess "Metragirta,"
called also "Cibeles, goddess of the earth, a
daughter of Saturn. Apollo's second message was that now had arrived the moment
when Ocno must offer his own life to calm discord and save the city.
On waking from his dream, Ocno retold the
message of Apollo to his followers, and then ordered that a deep pit be dug.
When this was done, he threw himself into it, and the people covered the opening
of the pit with an enormous engraved stone.
All his people then gathered nearby while
they prayed and intoned funeral songs. This continued until the very last night
of that moon, when a terrible storm came up and from the peaks of the
Guadarramas, the goddess Cibeles descended on a nebulous trail, and she pulled
Ocno up from his tomb and caused him to disappear.
From that time, the city has been given the
name of the goddess "Metragirta." Then,
later it became "Magerit," and finally,
to Madrid, "city of men without a country."
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