Why did the parents of Pyramus and Thisbe try to prevent their relationship?
The only answer that can be given is that for some reason the two families were feuding. Their houses were joined under one roof, probably with a courtyard in the middle, and their mutual hatred was so great that they built a wall to avoid having to even look at one another.
The story of the star-crossed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe has influenced other writers, particularly William Shakespeare. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bottom and his group are preparing a play about the lovers: "The most lamentable comedy and most
cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe" (Act 1, scene 2). Likewise, the theme of Romeo and Juliet is basically a retelling of the story.