Ancient myth and modern culture Pyramus and Thisbe, a love story without an happy ending
Ovid’s myth Thisbe is talking to Pyramus thought a break in the wall because she couldn’t meet him Pyramus and Tisbe grew up together. (from Pollon) Waterhouse, Thysbe
The tragic end Gregorio Pagani’s Pyramus and Thisbe Pyramus and Thysbe,pompei casa di octavio: Pyramus seems killed by a lioness but it is not true. Hans Baldung Grien’s Pyramus and Thisbe
The myth in the literature Italian: • 12th century - Tristano e Isotta • 14th century - Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris • 15th century - Masuccio Salernitano’s Il Novellino (Mariotto e Ganozza) English: • 16th century - Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Dutch: • There are a lot of rewritings of the story, like from Dirk Potter and Charivarius.
Nothing else matters “Trust I seek and I find in youEvery day for us something newOpen mind for a different viewAnd nothing else matters Never care for what they sayNever care for games they playNever care for what they doNever care for what they knowAnd I know” Metallica
Tristan/Tristano and Isolde/Isotta the two lovers can only be together by death no official author the story was very influential in the Middle Ages
A sad love story in the Chinese culture - Butterfly lovers - A famous Chinese legend - Set in the Eastern Jin Dynasty
In conclusion we have learnt that myths can deal with topics that are always actual, for instance, love. <3 By Nicola, Midas, Casper, Leon, Riccardo, Michele