Demetrius I, king of Macedon displayed licentiousness and extravagant behavior that made the Athenians long for their old government. Demetrius had a reputation for molesting young boys and among his outrages was his courtship of a young boy named Democles the Handsome. Democles was very young and the most beautiful lad in the city of Athens. Demetrius kept on pursuing the youth, but Democles always succeeded in avoiding him. Demetrius, through his emissaries, left no trick untried to gain access to Democles by offering him things, and by trying to intimidate him with threats, but the youth kept refusing his attention.
One day he left a wrestling match to make use of a private bath. Demetrius watched his opportunity, and surprised him there cornering the boy at the baths. The boy seeing nobody near to assist him, and sensing that it was impossible to physically resist his suitor, felt that he had no way out. Democles took the lid off the hot water cauldron and jumped in to keep himself from being raped. Democles death was seen as a mark of honor for himself and his country.