The Nightingale's Lament and Itys' Identity in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Sagal, Michal.


  • Abstract: The story of the nightingale has many versions, but these can be reduced to two plots from which the others grow. In the first, Aedon, married to Zethus, kills her son by accident. She intends to kill the oldest son of Niobe, who is married to the brother of Aedon's husband. In the second version, Procne kills her son to avenge the rape of her sister, Philomela, at the hands of Procne's ... read more
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