Philomela (Biographical details)

Philomela (mythological figure/creature; Greek; Female)

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Daughter of Pandion King of Athens, sister of Procne (q.v.); she was raped by her sister's husband, King Tereus (q.v.), who reduced her to silence by cutting her tongue out; but Philomela revealed the crime to Procne by weaving a tapestry; Procne avenged her sister by killing her son Itys, cooking him, and serving him to Tereus; the King, after discovering he had eaten his own son, ran after the sisters, trying to kill them; Procne and Philomela prayed the Gods to save them, and as all three were changed into birds, Philomela turned into a nightingale.