Cimon and Pero: "Roman Charity"  1767

by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

When the aged Cimon was forced to starve in prison before his execution, his devoted daughter Pero secretly visited her father to nourish him at her own breast. In his Memorable Acts and Sayings of the Ancient Romans, the ancient Roman historian Valerius Maximus presented Pero's selfless devotion as the highest example of honoring one's parent. [br] In the 1600s, major ar...
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