Deianira


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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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Mabuse displays his dexterity in rendering tactile effects still more in the Birmingham picture of Hercules and Deianira, to which we now return.
And indeed, at least five of these poems are among his finest: "Interrogation II," "Time: 1976" and its successor "Time: 1978," and especially "Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother" and "Hercules, Deianira, Nessus.
There is a drawing by Filippino of Nessus and Deianira in the Stockholm National Museum, but Hercules shot the centaur Nessus through the heart, not the hoof, when Nessus tried to abduct Hercules's wife Deianira.
There was Hercules with Deianira, holding hands; then Jason with Medea, Theseus with Phaedra, and all the others with their lovers, all dressed in appropriate costumes, and when they were all on stage, the pipers began to play and also many other instruments, and everyone began to dance.
Sotheby's, London, 9 July 2004, 500,000 [pounds sterling]--Nessus Abducting Deianira by Antonio Susini (active 1580-1624)/Giambologna, 1580-1600.