According to Herodotus, Periander, the tyrant of Corinth, had taken three hundred boys, children of the chief nobles among the Corcyraeans, and sent them to the King of Lydia to become eunuchs. The men who transported them anchored at Samos on their way to Sardis, whereupon the Samians, having found out what was to become of the boys, prompted them to take sanctuary in the temple of Diana. The Corinthians, as they were forbidden to remove the children from the holy place, cut them off from all supplies of food, and invented a festival to trap them. Each evening, as night closed in, choirs of youths and virgins surrounded the temple, holding in their hands cakes made of sesame and honey, in order that the Corcyraean boys might come out to snatch the cakes. This went on for so long, that eventually the Corinthians, who were in charge of the boys, gave up and took their departure, upon which the Samians escorted the children back to Corcyra.