Damon and Pythias (tamer and discoverer) – (fourth century b.c.e.) In Greek legend, two male lovers, believed to be Pythagorean philosophers. Pythias plotted against the Sicilian tyrant Dionysius and was condemned to death. He was allowed to return home first to arrange his affairs. Damon then offered to take his place as a hostage, even to suffer death if necessary.
Dionysius was so moved by this offer that he pardoned the two men.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
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