In Taming of the Shrew, identify and explain six classical allusions from Greek and Roman mythology in Scene ii, lines 37-69.

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The following five gods/goddesses are mentioned in the text you cited.

Adonis - he was the lover of Aphrodite.  It was said that when he died, Aphrodite (Venus in Roman mythology) rushed to his side and sprinkled his blood with blood.  He was then reborn into a flower called the anemone.

Cytherea - Another name for Aphrodite

Io - a nymph that was a priestess to Hera and an constant object of affection in Zeus's eyes.  She is one of the many females that Zeus cheats on Hera with.  In the most famous myth about her, Zeus transforms here into a white bull and himself into a cloud to disguise his infidelity from Hera, but ultimately, she figures out his tricks (check out Wikipedia for more detailed info).

Daphne & Apollo: Once Apollo (god of music, light, etc.) was struck by an arrow by Eros, he became infatuated with the nymph Daphne.  Apollo chased after Daphne to the point where she turned herself in to a laurel (a type of plant with branches and leaves) to hide from him.

It looks like you've got some allusions here to stories from the Classical Greek about love, infatuation, and flirtation.  Each of these stories prelude the love, infatuation, and flirtation that is about to take place in the play The Taming of the Shrew.

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