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Pyramus and Thisbe

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Kimberly Williams

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of Pyramus and Thisbe

Ovid's Metamorphosis - Book 4
Pyramus and Thisbe
Ovid’s “Pyramus and Thisbe”
Cultural Background:
Parental Control of Children
The action is set in Babylon in the
Ninth Century BC during the
reign of Semiramis.
Type of Work
Fathers and mothers had the right to choose spouses for their sons and daughters and even had the right to sell their children into slavery, although they seldom did so.
(suh MEER uh mihs)
Babylon was the capital of Babylonia, a country in southern Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq), about 55 miles south of Baghdad.
Pyramus (Per uh mus):
Handsome youth of Babylon who
falls in love with his neighbor, Thisbe.
Thisbe (Thiz - be):
Beautiful young girl of Babylon who returns Pyramus's love.
Parents of Pyramus and Thisbe: They oppose a relationship between Pyramus and Thisbe for reasons not explained in the story.
The story is part of the fourth book of Metamorphoses, a long
narrative poem
by Ovid about mythological, legendary, and historical characters and circumstances that undergo a transformation.
The tale of Pyramus and Thisbe is one of the most famous in
the fifteen books that make up Metamorphoses.
In Babylonian society, parents retained
absolute legal control of their children
while they were growing up.
After the parents of the mythical Pyramus and Thisbe forbade a relationship between them, the only choice open to the young lovers was to leave their families.
Watch this short overview of the story to see how it connects to Romeo and Juliet!
Now go read the narrative poem by Ovid titled, "Pyramus and Thisbe."
Answer study guide questions 1-10 using complete sentences!
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