Key words£ºZeus, Baucis,  Philemon, generosity
¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡
Genre£ºmyth Topic£ºgenerosity Words:160
¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡
¡¡

Oddly enough, the wine jug never emptied
and there was more bread after each slice was cut.

Bausis and Philemon

¡¡

Author£ºUnknown Source£ºwww.people.cornell.edu
Nation£ºGreece Date£º2008-8-31


(Baucis and Philemon,
Engraving for Ovid's Metamorphoses Book VIII, 626-678,
Amsterdam, 1703)

¡¡

Zeus, the king of Mount. Olympus, came down to visit the country folk disguised as a beggar. People turned him away until he came to the house of a poor elderly couple, Bausis and Philemon. Bausis and Philemon shared their simple meal of bread and wine with their guest. Oddly enough, the wine jug never emptied and there was more bread after each slice was cut. It was then that Bausis and Philemon realized that this was no ordinary visitor, but a god from Mount Olympus.

They bowed low and apologized for the simple food they had to offer. Zeus replied, "When you have shared your best, there is never a need to apologize."

In return for their generosity, Zeus granted them their only wish: to remain together always. and so when Bausis and Philemon died, an oak and a linden tree grew with their trunks entwined around each other, on the spot where the couple was buried.

¡¡


Discussion£º

1. How did Bausis and Philemon realize the visitor was a god?

2. Why did Bausis and Philemon bow low and apologize?

3. What did Zeus grant the old couple?

¡¡

[Top]                        [Genre]                        [Home]

© Copyright by www.1001english.com. All rights reserved.