Ancient Greek Mythology

Damarchus, an Arcadian Olympian Boxer was said to be transformed into a wolf after making a sacrifice to a God on Mount Lycaeus. The Greek God Zeus’ sanctuary during the Lycaea festival and throughout the year was located on the ancient mountain.

The story or mythology is told that if after being transformed into a wolf if the human can resist the temptation to feed on human flesh that after nine years of resisting he will be turned back into human form.

(Interesting? Read about another supposed myth, the myth of the Kraken!)

I wonder why nine years was the amount of time that it took to forgive the sacrifice? I also think it is very interesting that Greek mythology includes some sort of wolf transformation. In this case of transforming it was meant to be a punishment from the Gods, to the person who needs punishment. This crime and punishment to the “wrongdoer” was subject to the rule of the Gods. His temptation while being a wolf is implied to be human flesh, so his punishment would be to resist the ultimate temptation of the wolf and prove to the Greek Gods that you can do it. Why was the temptation human flesh?