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n. Greek Mythology
A king of Thebes and the husband of Alcmene.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the grandson of Perseus and husband of Alcmene
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(æmˈfɪ tri ən)

(in Greek myth) the husband of the virtuous Alcmene, whom Zeus seduced by assuming the form of Amphitryon, resulting in the birth of Hercules.
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[æmˈfɪtrɪən] NAnfitrión
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Part 3 discusses the legacy of Roman Republican drama in Machiavelli's Mandragola, Shakespeare, and Amphitruo by the Portuguese dramatist Antonio Jose da Silva.
Borrowing from Plautus's Amphitruo, the author, speculated to be Nicholas Udall, probes "the relationship between presence and representation, between prop and object, and between actor and character" (129).
(6) It is indebted to two Plautine plays in particular: Menaechmi and Amphitruo. The former provides the theme of confusion of identity between twins (Menaechmus and Sosicles) plus some of the stock characters such as the comic courtesan, while the latter provides the creation of two pairs of identical appearance (Jupiter / Amphitruo and Mercury / Sosia), as well as the farcical situation of a matrona barring her husband from their house while she mistakenly dines with a look-alike.
The lack of identity for Menelaus recalls the slave Sosia's dissociation when he sees his double in Plautus' Amphitruo (lines 263-462).
Authorial intrusions are read in this key; and so is Chariton's (likely) reference to Aristotle's Poetics in Book Eight, which would inaugurate a new "poetics of tragicomedy," one Chariton is pushing by presenting this book as "the most pleasant." The treatment of Chariton's poetics is generally very good (though I would have liked to be reminded, by Tilg as by other critics who use "tragicomic" for the novels' style, that no novelist, Chariton included, uses the term, a cognate of which instead appears for the first time in Plautus Amphitruo 59 [tragicomoedia]).
Twelve of his plays were included in the corpus, based on the criterion of the frequency of occurrence of the putatively inalienable nouns listed below: Amphitruo, Asinaria, Bacchides, Captivi, Casina, Epidicus, Menaechmi, Mercator, Miles Gloriosus, Poenulus, Pseudolus, Trinummus.
in qua personarum dignitas atque magnitudo Comoediae humilitati admistae sunt"; "Amphitruo Plauti & genera loquendi, & iocorum argutias habet, quae tenebras offundere lectoribus pussunt."