Philemon and his wife Baucis are characters in a story that one of Theseus’s companions tells another companion who scoffs at the gods. Philemon and Baucis are poor peasants, but one day they take in a disguised Jupiter and Mercury who are looking for shelter. Unlike their inhospitable neighbors, Philemon and Baucis serve the gods a delicious feast and make them comfortable. Mercury and Jupiter flood out Philemon and Baucis’s rude neighbors and reward the couple by making them priests of a temple. When Philemon and Baucis die, the gods make Philemon an oak tree.
Philemon Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Philemon appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 8: Philemon and Baucis