M0989 Perry631. Source: De Vitry 8. This is Perry 631. This story is based on the legend of Damocles: when Damocles praised King Dionysius II of Syracuse, the king offered to switch places. Damocles enjoyed feasting like a king but was horrified but when he looked up and saw a sword hanging over his head, the proverbial “sword of Damocles.” For a king who is instead infatuated with opulence, see #874.