Comments for the name Philomel

Comments for PHILOMEL:

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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