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Athamas

(ăth`əmăs), in Greek mythology, king of Boeotia. He married Nephele, who bore him Phrixus and Helle, but he later fell in love with InoIno
, in Greek mythology, daughter of Cadmus. She was the wife of Athamas, to whom she bore Learchus and Melicertes. She plotted to kill her stepchildren, Phrixus and Helle, but their mother, Nephele, saved them with the help of a winged ram (see Golden Fleece).
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, who bore him Learchus and Melicertes. According to one legend, Athamas went mad, killed Learchus and forced Ino, who was fleeing with Melicertes, to leap to her death in the sea.
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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.
In the end, Juno has her revenge, Athamas is wed to Ino (who has secretly loved him from the beginning), and Apollo appears in a cloud to prophesy the birth of Bacchus.
Anita Krause deployed her ample mezzo ably enough in both her roles, but expressed Ino's longing for Athamas more persuasively than the betrayed Juno's cosmic fury (Krause sounded merely vexed).