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n. Greek Mythology
A king of Thessaly and husband of Alcestis.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Thessaly, one of the Argonauts, who was married to Alcestis


(ædˈmi təs)

a legendary king of Thessaly and the husband of Alcestis.
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In punishment Apollo was forced to serve Admetus as herdsman.
And those that held Pherae by the Boebean lake, with Boebe, Glaphyrae, and the populous city of Iolcus, these with their eleven ships were led by Eumelus, son of Admetus, whom Alcestis bore to him, loveliest of the daughters of Pelias.
While my acquaintances went unhesitatingly into trade or the professions, I contemplated this occupation as most like theirs; ranging the hills all summer to pick the berries which came in my way, and thereafter carelessly dispose of them; so, to keep the flocks of Admetus.
But if Stevenson was attracted to any model that promised release from service to Admetus, he was not so happy with Thoreau's model of frugal asceticism, which did not suit him in the least.
marriage of Alcestis and Admetus, death of Alcestis or return of
In Alcestis of Euripides the Thessalian king Admetus for his hospitality is granted by Apollo freedom from death, but Admetus must find someone to take his place when Death has come to claim him.
1898) "The Admetus of Euripides viewed in relation to the Admetus of tradition", TAPhA 29: 65-85.
He concludes a list of examples in the emended Collected Works: "Apollo kept the flocks of Admetus, said the poets.
When she was inside crying over her marriage bed, she feared that Admetus would remarry; but when she regains her composure, she extracts a promise from him that he will not do so.
Leighton elected to depict the wrestling-match between Death and Heracles, and to introduce the dead Alcestis, Admetus, Pheres, and the maidens into the same scene, decisions that distort Euripides' play, which, as Greek dramaturgy required, keeps the fight offstage.
All this before Lazarus published Admetus, let alone Songs of a Semite.
450-452) mentions that Zeus commanded Apollo to guard the cattle of Laomedon and especially the story of Apollo tending the flocks of Admetus at Pherae on the banks of the river Amphrysus in Thessaly becomes more prominent in later writers.