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In Taming of the Shrew, identify and explain some classical allusions from Greek and Roman mythology in Act 1 Scene ii.

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Many of the references in this section derive from Ovid's Metamorphoses, a work that would have been familiar to all educated people in Shakespeare's period. 

Apollo: Apollo was a Greek god of the sun. He is also associated with prophecy, music and healing. He was son of Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis. He is often depicted playing a lyre. 

Nightingales: In Greek mythology, there were two sisters, Philomela and Procne. Tereus married Procne but later raped her sister Philomela and cut out Philomela's tongue. In revenge, Procne killed their son Itys, chopped up his body, and fed him to Tereus for dinner. The gods transformed Tereus into a hawk and Procne and Philomela into a swallow and a nightingale (sources differ as to which sister became which bird). The song of the...

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