Book 4 summary. With Pentheus gone (Book 3), the city of Thebes succumbs to Bacchus, the god of wine and ecstasy. Three daugthers resist; while spinning and weaving (tasks associated with the goddess Minerva), the three tell stories of love and change.
Bk IV:1-30 The Festival of Bacchus.
Bk IV:31-54 The daughters of Minyas reject Bacchus.
Bk IV:55-92 Arsippe tells the story of Pyramus and Thisbe.
Bk IV:93-127 The death of Pyramus.
Bk IV:128-166 The death of Thisbe.
Bk IV:167-189 Leuconoë's story: Mars and Venus.
Bk IV:190-213 Leuconoë's story: Venus’s revenge.
Bk IV:214-255 The transformation of Leucothoë.
Bk IV:256-273 Clytie is transformed into the heliotrope.
Bk IV:274-316 Alcithoë tells the story of Salmacis.
Bk IV:317-345 Salmacis falls for Hermaphroditus.
Bk IV:346-388 Salmacis and Hermaphroditus merge.
Bk IV:389-415 The daughters of Minyas become bats.
Bk IV:416-463 Juno is angered by Semele’s sister Ino.
Bk IV:464-511 Tisiphone maddens Athamas and Ino.
Bk IV:512-542 Ino becomes the goddess Leucothoë.
Bk IV:543-562 Juno transforms the Theban women.
Bk IV:563-603 Cadmus and Harmonia become serpents.
Bk IV:604-662 Perseus and Atlas.
Bk IV:663-705 Perseus offers to save Andromeda.
Bk IV:706-752 Perseus defeats the sea-serpent.
Bk IV:753-803 Perseus tells the story of Medusa.