Like the Athenian couple Harmodius and Aristogeiton, the couple Melanippus and Chariton are also seen as symbols of political freedom.
Heraclides Ponticus in libro De Amatoriis. Hi [Melanippus & Chariton] igitur deprehensi insidias
struxisse Phalaridi, & tormentis subiecti quo coniuratos denunciare
cogerentur, non modo non denuntiarunt, sed etiam Phalarin ipsum ad
misericordiam tormentorum commoverunt, ut plurimum collaudatos dimitteret.
φησιν Ἡρακλείδης ὁ Ποντικὸς ἐν τῷ περὶ Ἐρωτικῶν, οὗτοι φανέντες ἐπιβουλεύοντες
Φαλάριδι καὶ βασανιζόμεναι ἀναγκαζόμενοί τε λέγειν τοὺς συνειδότας οὐ μόνον οὐ
κατεῖπον, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸν Φάλαριν αὐτὸν εἰς ἔλεον τῶν βασάνων ἤγαγον, ὡς ἀπολῦσαι
αὐτοὺς πολλὰ ἐπαινέσαντα.
--Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae XIII.78; Translated in to Latin by Iohannes Schweighaeuser (1805)
According to The Lovers by Heraclides of Pontus, [Melanippus
and Chariton] were caught plotting against Phalaris. Even when they were
tortured to provide the names of their accomplices, they refused. Moreover, their
plight moved Phalaris’ sympathy to such an extent that he praised them and released
Date: 2nd c. CE
Athenaeus was a scholar who lived in
Naucratis (modern Egypt) during the reign of the Antonines. His fifteen
volume work, the Deipnosophists, are invaluable for the amount of
quotations they preserve of otherwise lost authors, including the poetry of
ROMAN GREEK LITERATURE
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