The myth of Zeus' test - Iseult Gillespie
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The story has inspired artists from Rembrandt to Rubins, and many more examples can be seen here. In addition to visual art, Baucis and Philemon appear in later literary works including the seventeenth century English poet John Dryden’s “The Story of Baucis and Philemon”, and Enlightenment writer and satirist Jonathan Swift’s “Baucis and Philemon.”
Alongside love, one of the key themes in this myth is xenia. This is the Ancient Greek concept of generosity and hospitality, which Baucis and Philemon are rewarded for. As this piece explains, xenia is a recurring theme across Greek mythology.
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