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.'
According to the Melikertes myth, Hera, the wife of Zeus, became angry with the young boy Melikertes's father, Athamas, because of his kindness to her enemy Dionysos.
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.
The fury of the souls is compared to the insanity of Theban Athamas and of Trojan Hecuba.
(22) A fragment from the Athamas of Antiphanes drives home the point.
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.
Earlier in Gorboduc, the dumbshow before the fourth act presents the Furies driving a procession of monarchs who have slain their own children: Tantalus, Medea, Athamas, Ino, Cambyses, and Althea, who are shortly to be joined by Videna.
The Greek peoples of Lycaea (50) and the descendants of Athamas also practice such things.
Jupiter, having forestalled Semele's marriage to Athamas, installs her in a secret bower Juno, both sister and wife to Jupiter, conspires with her handmaid Iris to foil this plan and appears to Semele disguised as her sister Ino.
According to the legend, Jason's uncle Athamas had two children, Phrixus and Helle, by his first wife, Nephele.
Images of madmen in chains or as physically overwhelming figures include the frontispiece by Christof LeBlon for Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy; book illustrations for Jonathan Swift's "Digression on Madness" in A Tale of a Tub and John Fletcher's The Pilgrim; Peter Xavery's sculpture, Two Madmen (1673, Rijks-museum, Amsterdam); Hogarth's "Rake in Bedlam"; Goya's Asylum at Saragossa (1794, Meadows Museum, Dallas), and Goya, The Madhouse (1812-19, Accademia de San Fernando, Madrid); John Flaxman, Fury of Athamas (1790-93, Ickworth House, Suffolk); and Antonio Canova, Hercules and Lichas (1795-1815, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome).