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Damon and Pythias (1962)

Il tiranno di Siracusa (original title)
Pythias, a liberal Athenian who believes all men are brothers, is condemned to death by Dionysus, the tyrant of Syracuse, who finds this view dangerous. However, Dionysus allows Pythias to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Damon
... Pythias
Ilaria Occhini ... Nerissa
... Adriana
... Mereka - Nerissa's Friend
... Dionysius the Tyrant
Carlo Giustini ... Cariso
Aldo Silvani ... Patriarch
Andrea Bosic ... Arcanos
Maurizio Baldoni ... Dionysius the Younger
Franco Fantasia ... Rumius the Fencing Master
Osvaldo Ruggieri ... Demetrius - Nerissa's Brother
... Flute Player
Enrico Glori ... Nikos
Gianni Bonagura ... Phylemon


Pythias, a liberal Athenian who believes all men are brothers, is condemned to death by Dionysus, the tyrant of Syracuse, who finds this view dangerous. However, Dionysus allows Pythias to return to Athens to visit his ailing wife with the understanding he will then come back to face his punishment. Damon, a friend of Pythias, volunteers to be a hostage to guarantee Pythias's return. Dionysius doesn't expect Pythias to keep his end of the bargain, thus exposing the falsity of his beliefs. Written by Anonymous

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Through Neopythagoreanism, Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans are considered philosophical ancestors of Neoplatonism, a Late Antiquity philosophical school. The Neoplatonists combined philosophy with mysticism and polytheistic theology. Founded by Plotinus (c. 205-270) in the 3rd century, the school produced several philosophers to the 6th century. Then Emperor Justinian I banned the teachings of the school as overly pagan. Byzantine philosophers Michael Psellos (11th century) and Gemistus Pletho (14th-15th century) led Neoplatonic revivals in their eras, centuries following the demise of the original school. Pythagorean, Platonic, and Neoplatonic philosophical concepts have shaped Christian, Islamic, and Jewish theological schools since Late Antiquity. See more »


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A Tale Of Two Friends Told At A Snail's Pace
20 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Face the punishment of death or a friend that is a thief and liar (willing to lie and pretend to be a hostage). Not much of a choice, the only other choice I can think of would be suicide or to get the heck out of there fast, leave the country quickly and forget both. lol.

This is the story of "all men are brothers", treat each other right. Damon and Pythias of Greek mythology - the story of morality.

It's okay but moves at a snail's pace. I guess because there wasn't quite enough material for a typical full length film of the time era so they drug out the original story.


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