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n. Greek Mythology
The wife of King Admetus of Thessaly, who agreed to die in place of her husband and was later rescued from Hades by Hercules.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the wife of king Admetus of Thessaly. To save his life, she died in his place, but was rescued from Hades by Hercules
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(ælˈsɛs tɪs)

(in Greek myth) the wife of Admetus, who died in her husband's place and was brought back from the underworld by Hercules.
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Euripides, "Alcestis", 1-8) (60) For Cyrene and Aristaeus, cp.
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.
The funeral of a rich person was to them what the funeral of Alcestis or Ophelia is to the educated.
A Harmonia of Ares B Helen of Troy C Laodamia of Acastus D Alcestis of Pelias 6.
There was, essentially, an early modern Greek tragic canon which largely neglected Oedipus, and instead concentrated on Euripides's Hecuba, Iphigenia in Aulis, Medea, and Alcestis (Hecuba and Iphigenia in Aulis came to popularity in Erasmus's Latin translations, first printed in 1506, while Medea and Alcestis appeared in the translations of George Buchanan in the 1540s).
Afterthe success of Alcestis by Euripides, which was performed by the Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble as part of the International Greek Drama Festival 2018, the tragedy will be staged once again in Nicosia on Sunday for all those who missed it.
Among their topics are morbid materialism: the matter of the corpse in Euripides' Alcestis, weapons as friends and foes in Sophocles' Ajax and Euripides' Heracles, the other side of the mirror: reflection and reversal in Euripides' Hecuba, the boon and the woe: friendship and the ethics of affect in Sophocles' Philoctetes, and speaking sights and seen sounds in Aeschylean tragedy.
Segundo Bongie, Euripides gives another portrait of a woman and a wife, one whose character and principles, however, have their closest affinities, not with Alcestis and women of her kind, but rather with the great male heroes of Greek literature such as the Homeric Achilles and the Sophoclean Ajax (Bongie 1977, p.
The main appearances of Heracles in tragedy are: Sophocles' Philoctetes (in which Heracles has the function of a deus ex machina), Women of Trachis and Euripides' Heracles, Children of Heracles and Alcestis. Heracles also figures in Aristophanes' comedy Birds and was the title character of a satyr play.
(Acrid gibbons fleet are , till, in a dell, a gulf ...)" 2 2) "Spill a Germ or Feral bit, Alcestis! O play, or--la!--erase villagers' 3 Regal lip!