The chorus refers to Philomela
as "the brown bright nightingale amorous" (l.
12) The painting of Europa is described as one painting representing one scene; the paintings of Andromeda and Prometheus are joined in a diptych; the painting of Philomela
and Procne seems to be one painting including different scenes.
However, while she alludes to the myth in order to illuminate the parallels between Melanie and Philomela
, she makes no mention of the analogy between David's actions and Tereus's.
Smikrenes' daughter, Philomela
, however, calls them aside with a promise of water, but when she and an old servant go off to fetch water, the servant lets the pitcher drop into the well (85).
This mother-child relationship is mirrored in the sixth poem in Silenus' songs about Scylla, the daughter of Nisus, and the banquet Philomela
presented to Tereus, though these examples represent the darker side of parent-child relationships.
Arguing that Ovid "construct[s] a civic dimension to the act of reading and provide[s] a new sphere to measure the powers of the poet" (167), Feldherr provides stimulating readings of Lycaon and Pythogoras in the context of sacrificial ritual; of the Theban sequence (particularly the deaths of Actaeon and Pentheus) in relation to gladiatorial spectacle; and of the Philomela
story as it resonates with tragedy and issues of ethnic identification linked with the categories of Greek, Roman, and "barbarian.
Roth, "The Philomela
Myth and Postcolonial Feminist Theater: Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of the Nightingale," in Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works: Critical Essays, ed.
The second part of the book, "Love and Hades", offers reconsiderations of the experiences, stories, and consequences of actions surrounding a cluster of mythological figures - Persephone, Eurydice, Actaeon, Pandora, Philomela
She is cruelly erased by a society that outlaws her beauty and her voice, much the same way Philomela
was reduced to silence" (Kolin 72).
Kathryn McKinley also shows how Ovid emboldened another medieval poet, John Gower, in his Confessio Amantis, this time to attempt a moral transformation in his royal reader, Richard II, by using Ovid's tales of Tereus and Philomela
and Jason and Medea to warn against perfidy.
There's a drawing by Burne-Jones of Thisbe and Philomela
, a 15th century illuminated manuscript showing the weaving contest between Arachne and Athena and a fourth century pottery drinking vessel depicting Odysseus and Circe.
The rape of Philomela
and the revenge by Procne, her sister, at the court of Thrace, results in a kind of transubstantiation by which, according to Greek myth, Procne is turned into a nightingale and Philomela
into a swallow.