Arachne / Niobe / Latona and the Lycian Peasants / Marsyas / Pelops / Tereus, Prochne, Philomela / Boreas and Orithyia
|The Fable of Arachne or The Spinner (1656)|
|The Destruction of Niobe's Children (1760)|
The people now fear and respect Latona more, and one person recalls how she was exiled by Juno, giving birth to her babies on Delos, then fleeing. Wandering through hot and scorched Lycia, Latona came to a pool and tried to drink but some Lycian peasants denied her pleas, even going so far as to muddy the water with their feet. Wrathfully, Latona lifted her arms to heaven, turning the peasants into frogs that would live in the pool forever.
|Marsyas Flawed by Apollo (1625)|
The Thebans turn back to mourning, blaming Niobe, but her brother, Pelops, weeps for her. He bares his ivory shoulder; when his father had cut him up in pieces, the gods gathered him together but, not finding the piece between his throat and where the arm began, they filled it with ivory.
|Philomena and Procne|
Elizabeth Jane Gardner
source Wikimedia Commons
The daughter of king Erectheus (who succeeded Pandion), Orithyia, was desired by Boreas of Thrace but was rejected because of the crime of Tereus. In a snit, Boreas spreads his wings and sails to Athens, captures Orithyia and marries her. In time, she gives birth to twin sons, Calais and Zetes, who will become part of the Argonauts.
John William Waterhouse
Okay, gross! Just gross! Ovid has outdone himself in his description of the dismembering of a six-year-old terrified child. And for some reason I still get the feeling as if he's just fooling around.
|Twelve Olympians (1517-18)|
Thracians Rhodope & Haemus ❥ mountains
Pygmaean queen ❥ crane
Antigone ❥ stork
King Cinyras' daughters ❥ temple's marble steps
Arachne ❥ spider
Niobe ❥ stone
Lycian peasants ❥ frogs
Tears ❥ Marsyas river
Procne ❥ swallow
Philomena ❥ nightingale
Tereus ❥ hoopoe