Biton and Cleobis

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Biton (bī`tŏn) and Cleobis

(klēō`bĭs), 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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In Delphi, Aristotle and Stephanos encounter a stout matron who is trying to encourage her lacklustre sons, addressed as Kleobis and Biton, to help her pull a cart (195).
Kleobis and Biton, according to Solon, could be awarded the second prize after the Athenian Tellos.
It appears as if Doody's aim with the insertion of the unheroic Kleobis and Biton was the creation of a comic interlude, or perhaps the debunking (wimpification?
The Kleobis and Biton episode, for instance, has been adapted from historiography, Ion from tragedy, Anaxagoras and Lykidas from pastoral poetry, and Smikrines and Philomela from New Comedy.