Baucis and Philemon

Baucis and Philemon
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  • Zeus and Hermes (right and left respectively) come down from the heavens, disguised as peasants begging for hospitality from someone, in a small rural town.  
  • They knock on the doors of many houses in the town; however, at each one they are met with locked doors and no response from the residents. 
  • Finally they come across one smaller, more modest house, the residence of Baucis and Philemon.  They are greeted warmly, upon knocking, and are served plenty of food and wine.  Baucis realizes the visitors are gods as the wine pitcher, no matter how may servings are poured is always filled to the brim with wine. 
  • Zeus warns them that he intends to destroy the town and all those who did not provide the desired hospitality. Hermes guides Baucis and Philemon up a to the summit of a nearby mountain. When they look back down the whole town has been flooded, but their house has turned into a beautiful temple. 
  • "The couple's wish to be guardians of the temple was granted. They also asked that when time came for one of them to die, that the other would die as well. Upon their death, the couple were changed into an intertwining pair of trees, one oak and one linden
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