Baucis et Philemon Picture

The story of Baucis and Philemon is most likely one of the greatest love stories of all time.

In short, Jupiter and Mercury, two gods from Roman mythology, set aside their powers for a day and disguise themselves as homeless beggars to see who will generous enough to let them into their homes. They had gone to a thousand homes, and each time they were refused. Then they reached the home of Baucis and Philemon, a poor, elderly couple that had no slaves and ran their house by themselves. They brought the disguised gods not knowing their true identities, giving them a place to stay. They would have killed their last goose to serve for dinner, too, if the gods hadn't intervened and revealed themselves. When they did, they offered to give the two one wish. They then wished that when it came to be their time to die that they would die together, and that their souls would forever be intertwined. So when they finally did die, they turned into two trees that grew and twisted around each other. ♥
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