Training Pains

They fell into all kinds of traps laid by pirates, brigands, slave-dealers and, above all, men and women inflamed by their irresistible beauty. They were separated, never ceased their efforts to find each other and risked their lives continuously, preferring death to disloyalty and even in the worst extremities determined to preserve  their chastity. Their resolute virtue triumphed over the most menacing dangers and gave them in the end, complete victory.


Flacelière, Robert, Love in Ancient Greece. New York: McFadden Books, 1964