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Philemon and Baucis



A kindly, elderly couple from Phrygia who entertained and comforted strangers even though they themselves were impoverished.

One set of "bums" were impressed and decided to reward the couple; indeed, the strangers could, for it was Zeus and Hermes, who had been treated rudely in their previous encounters with mortals.

A grand palace was created for the kindly couple, and the gods granted their wish that they should die at the same moment.

Both were transformed into trees: Philemon the oak and Baucis the lime; their boughs were intertwined, symbolizing their everlasting love.




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