Biton and Cleobis

Biton and Cleobis (wild ox and famous life) In Greek mythology, two heroes of Argos. They were sons of Cydippe, a priestess of the goddess Hera. When no oxen could be found to draw their mother’s chariot, they pulled it several miles to the temple of the goddess. There Cydippe prayed that they receive the best possible gift as a reward for their filial duty. In response the goddess let them die in her temple, indicating that death is the only truly happy event for humankind.


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