Pausanias refers to many myths, but he does not usually tell a story at such length. More typically, he mentions some detail, usually of local interest, of a myth which he assumes is known to his reader and which therefore does not need to be told. For example, he reports that in Megara, near the Prytaneion, there is a rock, called the Calling Rock, where Demeter is said to have stopped and called to Persephone; the women of Megara continued to reenact the story down to Pausanias’ own time. He does not bother to tell the whole story of the abduction of Persephone and Demeter’s search, because he can trust that the reader will know it, but readers outside of Megara are not likely to know about this rock (1.43.1). In a similar way, Pausanias notes a chasm in the city of Athens where the water from Deukalion’s flood flowed away, but he does not tell any story about the flood. (1.18.7; cf. 1.40.1; 5. 13; 5.78.1; 10.6.2).
Apollodorus agrees with Pausanias in broad outlines. He agrees that Temenus had a daughter named Hyrnetho; that Hyrnetho was married to Deiphontes; that Temenus favored Deiphontes; that the sons of Temenos resented Temenus’ favoring of Deiphontes; and that the sons of Temenos plotted against him. Apollodorus explicitly says that the sons killed Temenus, whereas Pausanias only says that they plotted against him, though perhaps this comes down to the same thing.
Τημενίδας ὁ καμὼν πολλὰ διῆλθον ἐγω.
χὠ μὲν τιμηθεὶς ἀπεπέμετο, τὴν δὲ τάλαιναν
Ὑρνηθὼ κροτάλων εἷς ψόφος ἐξέβαλεν.
εἰς πῦρ ἡρώων ἲτε πρήξιες, ἐν γὰρ ἀμούσοις
καὶ κόρυδος κύκνου φθέγξετ᾽ ἀοιδότερον.
Evidently the speaker of this epigram—perhaps Dioscorides, but perhaps not—has performed the part of Hyrnetho in a dramatic work about the children of Temenos and was booed off the stage. The epigram seems to suggest that Hyrnetho was not an obscure figure in the second century BC, since Dioscorides feels no need to explain his reference, and that her story was included among heroic deeds.