Biton and Cleobis

BitonbĪˈtŏn and Cleobis (klēōˈbĭs) [key], in Greek mythology, sons of the priestess Cydippe. When their mother wanted to see a famous temple of Hera, which was many miles away, the brothers dragged her chariot there. At the end of the long journey Cydippe prayed to Hera that her sons might receive the greatest of blessings. Their reward was instant and painless death without the bitterness and decrepitude of old age.

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