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Deianira

(dēyənī`rə): see HerculesHercules
, Heracles,
or Herakles
, most popular of all Greek heroes, famous for extraordinary strength and courage. Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon, made love to both Zeus and her husband on the same night and bore two sons, Hercules (son of Zeus) and Iphicles
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Deianira

kills husband Hercules for suspected affair with Iole. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 303]

Deianira

commits suicide out of remorse for unwittingly having killed husband, Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 709]
See: Remorse

Deianira

accidentally kills husband, Hercules; kills herself out of guilt. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 76]
See: Suicide
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The ambiguous nature of Haemon's actions, its "transgendered" character (to borrow Wohl's phrase), and its productive comparison with the equally ambiguous suicide of Deianeira, therefore, indicate the potential to read multiple and simultaneously discordant gender identities.
Firstly, in Crimp's play Amelia consciously sends the General the pillow into which she carefully inserts a glass tube containing the poisonous chemical, while Sophocles's Deianeira remains "the unwitting executor of the Gods' intentions" (Ginman 2004: 113).
The demonic (supernatural and metamorphic) ironies in the deaths of Herakles and Deianeira are supreme emblems of the investment of the gods of Hellas in the primal poeisis, the formation of Aphrodite from the passionate violence of the divine marital bed, a radical displacement and subsuming of the father.
194), but does not feature in extant narrative until the early lines of Sophocles' Trachiniae, when Deianeira describes her courtship by Acheloos and how she came to be the wife of Herakles:
Here they will discover how faithful-wife Penelope, homicidal Clytemnestra(s), manslaughtering Deianeira, matricidal Electra, infanticidal Medea, vengeful Hecuba, suicidal Alcestis and lovingly deceptive Helen helped Greek men to explore characteristics they feared in themselves, and to ask such fundamental questions as "whether public and private morality can operate on the same terms.
The sarcasm in 'evils no greater' can be compared with Hyllus's sarcasm in dismissing Deianeira.
Whereas Deianeira exhibits an immediately sympathetic and three -- dimensional character, Heracles scarcely comes into human focus, in many ways resembling the archaic world of monsters whose conquest he reckons among his greatest achievements.
According to one story, Dionysus, the great god of wine, was the real father of Deianeira.
Lines 23-25 shift the focus to Deianeira and her reaction to the news that Heracles has returned with Iole.
1206), while the first stasimon of Sophocles' Trachiniae, this within an ode celebrating the invincible power of Aphrodite, imagines the wrestling bout between Heracles and Achelous, the rivals for possession of Deianeira who forms the third figure present at this freshly triangulated agon, in language clearly evocative of a homoerotic sexual encounter.
Followers of the Gorgon Painter who have identifiable styles--such as Sophilos, the Deianeira Painter, and the Istanbul Painter (28)--may be ruled out, as the burden of details do not add up to any one of their individual mature styles.