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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).
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?) of the serious Herodotean hypotext.
After exposure to Doody's debunking exercise, the heroic status of Herodotus' mythologised Kleobis and Biton, for instance, will be implicitly questioned; readers will be more susceptible to the possibility that Euripides' Xouthos has a comical side (if not that he is in fact a tomb-maker!); a re-reading of the prooimion of Hesiod's Theogony will always remind one of its adaptation on the first page of Aristotle and poetic justice.