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The stones thrown by Deucalion took on themselves the form of men, and those thrown by Pyrrha were transformed into women. So a new human race came into being, persevering in work and resistant to cares and suffering. It was born of stone and like stone it was stubborn and hard. Phaethon One day the young Phaethon came running to his mother in tears. “No one believes me when I say my father is a god,” he sobbed. ” His mother embraced him and comforted him. “Your father, my son, really is a god.

The guards took the prisoner away to his cell and went to assemble their instruments of torture. But while they were getting ready, the doors of the prison opened and invisible hands rid the prisoner of his chains. When the guards came for their victim the prison was empty. After that the king's own mother and other ladies of the palace went to join Dionysus. The infuriated Pentheus rushed out of the palace after them. He wanted to punish the followers of Dionysus with his own hands. But on the way he was stricken with a strange madness.

They began to throw stones and bits of wood at the top of the tree, and dug up stones and clods of earth round the tree till finally they laid the roots bare and the pinetree fell to the ground together with King Pentheus. They all hurled themselves upon him with sticks and treated the king as if he was some wild beast. Even the king's mother, blinded by Dionysus, beat her son. And so King Pentheus died, and the people did not regret it. They returned to their simple way of life and only in its defence did they ever take swords in their hands.

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