BAUCIS

ΒΑΥΚΙΣ

A Phrygian woman, in whose humble dwelling Jupiter [Greek Zeus] and Mercury [Greek Hermes] were hospitably received, after having been refused admission by every one else in the country. Baucis and her husband Philemon were therefore saved by the gods when they visited the country with an inundation; and Jupiter made Baucis and Philemon priests in his temple; and when the two mortals expressed a wish to die together, Jupiter granted their request by changing them simultaneously into trees. (Ov. Met. viii. 620-724.)