Pirithoüs

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Pirithoüs

(paɪˈrɪθəʊəs)
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a prince of the Lapiths, who accomplished many great deeds with his friend Theseus
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It was wine that inflamed the Centaur Eurytion when he was staying with Peirithous among the Lapithae.
And let us equally refuse to believe, or allow to be repeated, the tale of Theseus son of Poseidon, or of Peirithous son of Zeus, going forth as they did to perpetrate a horrid rape; or of any other hero or son of a god daring to do such impious and dreadful things as they falsely ascribe to them in our day: and let us further compel the poets to declare either that these acts were not done by them, or that they were not the sons of gods;-- both in the same breath they shall not be permitted to affirm.
At one and the same time, friends strive to make themselves and their fellows more virtuous: for instance, Theseus and Peirithous sometimes goaded each other to acts of valor, while -- to cite a more contemporary case -- in the complex relation that evolved between Begin and Sadat, the point could be made that beyond pragmatic concerns, each encouraged or moved the other to be courageous and seek peace as an end in and of itself.