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Old December 30th, 2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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Help needed. I have searched for the answer to this question for months and still no help. I heard of a story about a Roman Stoic, Cambius. Whom was forced to eat his own child in front of his King. When done eating his child he told his King thank you. Basically it's a pretty awesome story and one of the great examples of stoicism. I cant find this story anywhere and its frustrating!!! Someone please help and excuse my historical ignorance
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Old December 30th, 2017, 03:01 PM   #2

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Perhaps you got your story mixed up. The last Roman King was deposed in 509 BC and Zeno of Citium did not found his Stoic school in Athens until 300 BC.

For what it's worth I did some Google searches and found nothing like you mentioned.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 07:57 AM   #3

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The general attitude of sacrificing one's own family for the sake of the state wouldn't be out of place in the kingdom and early Republican periods of Rome.

During the reign of Tulles Hostilius (673-642 BCE), the three Roman Horatii brothers fought the Curiatii brothers from Alba Longa during a dispute between the two cities. Only one Horatii survived and was victorious, and afterwards he killed his own sister because she was crying for one of the Curiatii to whom she was betrothed.

Lucius Junius Brutus, who helped expel the last king of Rome and institute the Republic, watched the execution of his own sons because they were involved in a plot to restore the monarchy around 508 BCE.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 10:04 AM   #4

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There is something zen like about the story.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 10:24 AM   #5

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will it be myth? A lot of history has myths
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Old December 31st, 2017, 11:18 AM   #6

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I think we may be looking in the wrong place. "Euripides's "Medea".

Medea, you will recall was the daughter of King Colchis who betrayed her People by helping Jason and the Argonauts get away with the Golden Fleece. She marries Jason and is carried away with the Argonauts back to Greece. With two children, Jason abandons Medea to for a more advantageous marriage. Medea cooks and serves up the two children to Jason. And so it goes, another classic Greek tragedy.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 12:36 PM   #7
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I know several myths about this particular form of cannibalism in greek mythology. Titan Kronos devoured his children at a time when they were born, because he feared a child of his would overthrow him as he did to his own father. Medea and Jason were mentioned. The only one connected to Rome is tragedy Thyestes written by Seneca, based to another greek myth.

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There was the serving up of Pelops in a stew prepared by his father Tantalus for the Greek gods, which fortunately for Pelops proved only a minor career setback.
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