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.

SOURCE:

Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

FURTHER READING:

Related Articles

Kunapipi

Kunapipi In Australian mythology, the Great Mother goddess who formed the land from her body, produced children, animals, and plants, and taught humankind the gift…

Parthenos

Parthenos (virgin, unwed) In Greek cult, title frequently applied to Athena as virgin goddess but also used for other female deities. The Parthenon, on the…

Bagadjimbiri

Bagadjimbiri In Australian mythology, twin culture heroes of the Karadjeri in northwestern Australia. At first they appeared in the form of dingos; they created water…