Athamas


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Athamas

(ˈæθəˌmæs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Orchomenus in Boeotia; the father of Phrixus and Helle by his first wife Nephele, whom he deserted for Ino
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And the sons of Aeolus, kings dealing justice, were Cretheus, and Athamas, and clever Sisyphus, and wicked Salmoneus and overbold Perieres.
Lawrence Zazzo as Athamas, badly treated by his director, honored Handel with his fine singing; Hilary Summers savored every note and syllable of her double turn as Juno and Ino; Kyle Ketelsen, as Cadmus and Somnus, was as firm, engaged and engaging as ever.
Athamas and Ino, actually driven mad by the snakes of the Fury set upon them by jealous Juno (who is, as often, a useful narrative instrument), suffer the same fate as Pentheus whose mother and aunts in the Bacchic trance tore him apart.
His gigantic, harrowing group The Fury of Athamas was an obvious contender for the exhibition had it not been immovably embedded in its plinth in Ickworth's rotunda; another, his Hercules and Hebe (an experimental reconstruction of the Belvedere Torso for Thomas Hope), could not be part of a show of marble sculpture, never having progressed beyond plaster.