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Noun1.Phintias - friend of Damon; Phintias (according to legend) was condemned to death by Dionysius the Elder and asked a respite to put his affairs in order; Damon pledged his life for the return of his friend; when Phintias returned in time the tyrant released them both (4th century BC)
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They say that Damon and Phintias, of the Pythagorean school, enjoyed such ideally perfect friendship, that when the tyrant Dionysius had appointed appointed a day for the execution of one of them, and the one who had been condemned to death requested a few days' respite for the purpose of putting his loved ones in the care of friend, the other became surety for his appearance, with his understanding that if his friend did not return, he himself should be put to death.
First, Edwards's second title character's name is Pithias or Pythias, not Phintias.
It bears an inscription Phintias epoiesen ('Phintias made it' (to use the orthodox terminology)).