Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Philomela and Procne
(4,592 words)

(Φιλοµήλα/Philomḗla, Φιλομήλη/Philomḗlē, Πρόκνη/Próknē; Latin Philomela, Procne, Progne)

A. Myth

The sisters Ph. and Pr., daughters of the Athenian king Pandion, are separated when their father gives Pr. to the Thracian king Tereus in marriage to reward his support in a war. After some years, Pr. wishes to see her sister again, and Tereus travels to Athens to fetch her. Tereus is inflamed by her beauty, and his desire intensifies during the return jour…

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Bischoff, Doerte and Freytag, Julie, “Philomela and Procne”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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