Latona and the Lycian Peasants- Latona, very thirsty after giving birth to Apollo & Diana, triedto drink from a lake, but the local peasants of Lycia jumped in the water to make it muddy sothat she couldn’t drink. Out of anger & frustration, Latona turned the peasants into frogs so thatthey could jump in the water forever.Marsyas- The satyr, Marsyas, was flayed alive by Apollo for challenging him to a musiccontest (M’s flute vs. A’s lyre). His friends mourned his horrible death, and their tearstransformed into a river, named the Marsyas.Procne, Philomela, Tereus- At first sight, Tereus was physically taken with Philomela, thesister of his wife Procne. While Tereus was bringing Philomela to his home to visit Procne, heraped Philomela and cut out her tongue so she would not speak of the crime. Tereus toldProcne, his wife, that her sister had died, but many years later Procne encountered Philomela ata festival of Bacchus. Discovering the violence which her husband Tereus had committed uponher sister Philomela, Procne plotted revenge. She killed her own son, Itys, and fed him to hisfather Tereus. Tereus chased the 2 sisters, and they all were transformed into birds: Procne- thenightingale; Philomela - the swallow; and Tereus - the hoopoe (the bird that looks like war).10
Medusa Exam, ‘Transformations’: Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book 7Jason into Fire-Resistant Person & Dragon’s Teeth into Warriors: In his quest for the GoldenFleece, Jason was forced to yoke together 2 fire-breathing, bronze-footed bulls. He wasprotected from the flames by a magical ointment which Medea had given him. He then used theteam of bulls to plant dragon’s teeth in the ground. Up from these dragon’s teeth grew armedwarriors. But Jason tossed a rock among them, and this caused them to fight and kill oneanother. Jason then drugged the dragon which protected the Golden Fleece. He and Medeathen fled Colchis with the Golden Fleece and returned to Iolcus. Aeson into a Young Man: After Medea helped Jason obtain the Golden Fleece, she returnedhome with him to Iolcus. There, she used her magic to restore Aeson, Jason’s old father, to theprime of his youth: she cut his throat, drained all his blood, and replaced it with a magical brewof herbs. Medea then told the daughters of King Pelias that she would also to do this for theirfather. (Pelias was the king who had sent Jason upon the quest for the Golden Fleece and whohad wrongly taken the kingdom of Iolcus from his brother Aeson.) Medea even performed thesame rejuvenation with an old ram to convince them it would work. The overzealous daughtersof Pelias therefore slit Pelias’ throat themselves and cast him into the boiling cauldron of brew.Medea, however, did not add the magical herbs, so Pelias died.Ants into the Myrmidons:Juno hated Aeacus, king of Aegina, since he was the son of Jupiterand Aegina, one of his many mistresses. In vengeance, Juno inflicted a plague on theinhabitants of Aegina and killed nearly all of them. To repopulate Aeacus’ kingdom, Jupitertransformed the ants on a nearby oak tree into people, and these people were called theMyrmidons (from the Greek word for ‘ant’).