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And her husband Philēmon were elderly peasants who entertained Zeus and Hermes with the resources of their meagre larder when the gods paid an incognito visit to Phrygia; for their piety they were spared from the flood which drowned their inhospitable neighbours. They lived out the rest of their lives as priests of the temple into which their humble shack was transformed, and were themselves finally transfigured into an oak and a linden‐tree springing from the same trunk. The tale, which has genuine roots in ancient Anatolian tree‐cult (see trees, sacred), has its first and canonical telling in Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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