Damon and Pythias

Damon and Pythias

two faithful friends

Phintias (the more correct form of the name) was condemned to death for plotting against Dionysius of Syracuse. To enable Phintias to go to arrange his affairs, Damon offered to take his friend's place in Dionysius' prison and to be executed in his stead if he failed to return. Phintias returned just in time to redeem Damon and Dionysius was so impressed by their friendship that he pardoned and released Phintias as well.

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