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(172) Baucis

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Discovered 1877 Feb. 5 by A. Borrelly at Marseilles.

Baucis and her husband Philemon entertained the gods Zeus {see planet  (5731)} and Hermes most hospitably in their humble cottage in Phrygia. As a reward for this kindness their cottage was changed into a beautiful golden-roofed marble temple. Baucis and Philemon desired to die at the same time, and their bodies were changed into trees, an oak and a linden. (Z 40)

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