Philemon and Baucis

Philemon and Baucis
In Greek mythology, a pious old couple in Phrygia.

When Zeus and Hermes, disguised as wayfarers, had been turned away by the couple's richer neighbors, Philemon and Baucis extended them hospitality. As a reward they were spared when a flood swept the countryside. Their cottage was turned into a temple, and they became priest and priestess of it. Years later they were granted their wish to die at the same moment, and they were turned into trees.

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      in Greek mythology, a pious Phrygian couple who hospitably received Zeus and Hermes when their richer neighbours turned away the two gods, who were disguised as wayfarers. As a reward, they were saved from a flood that drowned the rest of the country; their cottage was turned into a temple, and at their own request they became priest and priestess of it. Long after, they were granted their wish to die at the same moment, being turned into trees. Among literary sources the story is found only in Book VIII of Ovid's Metamorphoses, but it reflects folktale motifs found in many cultures.

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