Pyramus, Thisbe, Babylon, Tereus, Procne, Philomela
Admetus, Alcestis, Erysichthon, Thrace, Thessaly
- Admetus and Alcestis
- Apollo once served Admetus as a herdsman
- Penance for angering Zeus
- Admetus' reward: escape death if another was willing to take his place
- Admetus' day to die has come
- His parents refuse to die for him
- Only Alcestis, his devoted wife, agrees
- Heracles arrives in Thessaly on his way to the Horses of Diomedes Labor
- Alcestis is dead, but Heracles is not informed
- Heracles tries to drink and party
- Once he realizes, he atones by wrestling Death and bringing Alcestis back
- Euripides, Alcestis: What kind of a man allows his wife to die for him?
- Lovers separated, commincate through a crack in the wall connecting their houses
- Agree to meet outside at night - tragic ending
- Plot: similar to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
- Origin of the color of the mulberry
- Tereus, king of Thrace, marries Procne
- Daughter of Pandion, king of Athens
- T. lusts after Procne's sister, Philomela
- T. abducts, rapes, and imprisons Philomela
- T. cuts out Ph.'s tongue to keep her silent
- Philomela communicates her story to Procne via the gift of a tapestry
- Procne rescues Ph. and together they plot revenge against Tereus
- They kill T. and P.'s son, Itys, and feed him to Tereus
- All three are turned into birds
- Tereus: hoopoe (see picture)
- Procne and Philomela: nightingale and swallow (unclear which is which)
- Cuts down oak tree sacred to Demeter
- Cursed with an insatiable hunger
- Consumes his entire fortune
- Sells his shape-shifting daughter repeatedly
- Finally, E. consumes himself
- All that is left is a mouth
- Tragic Lovers’ Tale
- Romeo and Juliet
- A Midsummernight’s Dream
- The Death of Alcestis. Pierre Peyron, 1785. Musée du Louvre, Paris.
- Hercules Wrestling with Death for the Body
of Alcestis. Frederic, Lord Leighton, 1869-71. Wadsworth Atheneum,
- Thisbe. J.W.
Waterhouse, 1909. Private Collection.
- Pyramus and Thisbe. Hans Baldung Grien, 1530. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.
- *Tereus Confronted with the Head of his Son, Itylus. Peter Paul Rubens, 1636-38. Museo del Prado, Madrid.