DAMON , ofSyracuse, a
See also:Pythagorean, celebrated for his disinterested affection for Phintias (not, as commonly given, Pythias), a member of the same
See also:sect . Condemned to
See also:death by Dionysius the Elder (or Younger) of Syracuse, Phintias begged to be set at liberty for a
See also:time that he might arrange his affairs . Damon pledged his
See also:life for the return of his friend; and Phintias faithfully returned before the appointed
See also:day of execution . The
See also:tyrant, to
See also:express his admiration of their fidelity, released both the friends and begged to be admitted to their friendship (Diod . Sic. x . 4;
See also:Cicero, De Off. iii . 1o) .
See also:Hyginus (Fab . 257, who is followed by Schiller in his ballad, Die Burgschaft) tells a similar
See also:story, in which the two friends are named Moerus and Selinuntius .
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