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The name "Philomel" or "Philomela" was indeed Tereus' wife (see Ovid's "The Metamorphoses"). The rest of the story might put you off this pretty name -- Philomel was Tereus' sister-in-law, whom he raped and cut out her tongue before returning to his wife who, upon discovering this, murders their son and serves him to Tereus baked in a pie. Then they turn into birds. This story was used by Shakespeare in the plot of his bloodiest play "Titus Andronicus," in which the same thing happens to Titus' daughter Lavinia.
Ceyx54  6/15/2006

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