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n. Greek Mythology
A king of Thebes and the husband of Alcmene.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the grandson of Perseus and husband of Alcmene


(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.


[æmˈfɪtrɪən] NAnfitrión
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Then I saw Alcmena, the wife of Amphitryon, who also bore to Jove indomitable Hercules; and Megara who was daughter to great King Creon, and married the redoubtable son of Amphitryon.
And her Heracles, the son of Zeus, of the house of Amphitryon, together with warlike Iolaus, destroyed with the unpitying sword through the plans of Athene the spoil-driver.
If by chance our Amphitryon changes his mind and receives only Porthos and myself, why, then, we must resort to heroic measures and each give two strokes instead of one.
Juno, again, suffered when the mighty son of Amphitryon wounded her on the right breast with a three-barbed arrow, and nothing could assuage her pain.
I may easily go into a great household where there is much substance, excellent provision for comfort, luxury, and taste, and yet not encounter there any Amphitryon who shall subordinate these appendages.
Well, then, Signor Aladdin," replied the singular amphitryon, "you heard our repast announced, will you now take the trouble to enter the dining-room, your humble servant going first to show the way?
Sent ahead by Amphitryon to herald his return, the servant Sosia is denied entrance to the palace by Mercury in the servant's guise.
Not only, Winn points out, did the Jacobite cause have "many supporters among the aristocratic ladies," but Dryden was perhaps also reflecting on "the `numerous Quire of Fair Ladies' who swelled the house `on the Third Day' of Amphitryon, giving their `just Applause' to the music of Purcell and their money to the needy poet.
Megara's peril stems from her being, in particular, Herakles' wife; note that Amphitryon, likewise, is referred to as father of Herakles' twice in the early stage of the play (140, 447).
In his comedy Anfitrioes (Enfatrioes; "The Two Amphitryons"), an adaptation of Plautus' Amphitryon, he accentuated the comic aspect of the myth of Amphitryon; in the comedy El-rei Seleuco ("King Seleucas") he reduced the situation found in Plutarch (in which Seleucas' son wins his stepmother from his father) to pure farce; and in Filodemo he developed the auto, a kind of morality play, which Gil Vicente had earlier made popular.
One thinks of Dryden's Amphitryon, of Fielding's Phaeton in the Suds, and of the entire pantomime tradition which preceded O'Hara's introduction of the burletta.
But it should be compared to the overture to Love's goddess sure was blind (1692), which matches Dido's in lack of frills and economy of motif, or to the one for Amphitryon (1690), which is also completely devoid of |anacrusial semi-quavers'.