's voice was considered to be the only power that she wielded that would be able to bring him shame, so in his mind by silencing her Tereus removes the possible threat to his manhood.
The first example, from classical literature, is the story of Procne and Philomela
from Ovid's Metamorphosis 6, which Dante recalls in the form of a bird ("uccel"):
Marcus Andronicus refers to the story of Philomela
, noting that "she but lost her tongue", while Lavinia found a "craftier Tereus" who "cut these pretty fingers off, / That could have better sewed than Philomel" (II.3.
"The Greek Web: Arachne and Philomela
, Penelope and Helen of Troy").
* I'm writing "Philomela
" at an artists' colony where I go for runs.
1592-98) thus uses at least three different kinds of sources as it provides a sequence of actions, entrances, and exits for a variety of otherwise unrelated characters and old-fashioned types as Henry VI, the poet and pageant maker John Lydgate, King Gorboduc and his sons Ferrex and Porrex, foreigners like Sardanapas and Arbactas, the classical and mythological Tereus and Philomela
, and three of the seven deadly sins.
The second, "The Witch-Mother," is a particularly gruesome Anglo-Scots version of the Medea story crossed with Philomela
"Trovas," "Cantigas," "Coracao triste," "Soneto," "Ao Amanhecer," and "Philomela
" are a few in particular.
MUCH-Declan His mother and father, Issac and Philomela
, as well as his four brothers and five sisters were last night being comforted by family and friends.
One may recall that even deprived of her tongue a determined Philomela
was able to narrate the tale of Tereus's vile act.