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n. Greek & Roman Mythology
A peasant woman of Phrygia who together with her husband Philemon received with great hospitality Zeus and Hermes disguised as men. The gods rewarded the couple by turning them in their old age into intertwining linden and oak trees.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a poor peasant woman who, with her husband Philemon, was rewarded for hospitality to the disguised gods Zeus and Hermes


(ˈbɔ sɪs)

(in Greek myth) an aged Phrygian peasant woman who offered hospitality to the disguised Zeus and Hermes.
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The "salted dogberries" served to divine guests by Philemon and Baucis were sorbs or serviceberries, and their "horseradish" was no such thing.
Mercury sits slumped with a potty on his head like a soldier having a cigarette in a dug out, while Philemon and Baucis bring in the washing.
The parodies of progress need to be set against parodies of hidebound stability, and although Philemon and Baucis may embody worthy qualities, one still cannot easily see their creator aspiring to change places with them.
The gods remove Philemon and Baucis to a mountaintop from which they witness an apocalyptic flood that the gods bring down upon the valley, sparing only the pious couple and their cottage that is transformed afterward into a temple.
Philemon and Baucis, having been gracious to the gods, are granted the secret wish of all happy couples: to die simultaneously at a ripe old age.
As a reward for their hospitality, Philemon and Baucis are saved from a flood that drowns the rest of the country, their cottage is turned into a temple, and they are granted their wish to die at the same moment, being turned into trees--an oak and a linden.