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

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Pyramus and Thisbe
(4,175 words)

(Πύραµος [Pýramos], Θίσβη [Thísbē]; Latin Pyramus, Thisbe, Thisba)

A. Myth

The earliest source of the love story of P. and T. is Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Ov. Met. 4,55–166). It is told there by a daughter of King Minyas as she weaves, so that the reception of the tale is already enacted in the narration itself. P. and T., Babylonian children who live as neighbours, are secretly in love, but they can only communicate through a crack in the wall that separates the adjoinin…

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Oswald, Marion, “Pyramus and Thisbe”, 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 10 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_ID_0024>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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