Omphale


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Omphale

(ŏm`fəlē'): 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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Omphale

Lydian queen; wore Hercules’ lion skin. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 269]
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Sophocles keeps at the margins of his play the sojourn of Herakles in Lydia, as a cross-dressing slave of the 'barbarian' Queen, Omphale of the interesting name, but its theme of sexual passion and confusion (WT 70-2, 248-54, 432-3; see Apollodorus and Lucian "Dialogs of the gods") flows into the mainstream of the action that begins with the surging tri-form Achelous, carries into the persistent surging of the Hydra's venom, of the centaur's lust and hatred and the substantively similar desires of Herakles, Dejanira and Iole all goaded by Aphrodite.
Observations biologiques sur les differents etats de Prepona omphale s/sp.
11) This is especially pronounced in the ball scenes of Balzac's novellas Sarrasine and Unefille d'Eve, in Theophile Gautier's fantastic tales Cafetiere and Omphale, and in Victor Hugo's poems "La ronde du sabbat" in Odes et Ballades, and "Pour les pauvres" in Feuilles d'automne.
1612; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen), Hercules Mocked by Omphale (c.
The work's title already links to a similar triumph by invoking the myth of Hercules and Omphale, in which Hercules, as punishment from the gods, was forced by Queen Omphale to swap gender roles and clothing.
evokes a recall not only of Mars and Venus but of a whole series of subject males and dominating female figures, from Hercules and Omphale to Samson reclining in the lap of that Delilah who deprives him of his strength.
Like Sadler's Wells, Highflyer lost no time establishing his supremacy; he had the St Leger-winning filly Omphale and two top-class colts in Delpini and Rockingham in his first crop, and in their four-year-old season he was champion sire, ending the eight-year reign of his own sire, Herod.
Mais a la fin de ses epreuves, il tua Iphitos, le fils de son hote, et, pour chatiment, il dut servir la reine Omphale pendant trois ans comme l'aurait fait une femme.
8) For an example of this lack of geographic specificity from one of Smollett's other early novels, see The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle: "In one of these irruptions [periods of poverty] he and some of his companions went to Windsor, in order to see the royal apartments in the castle, whither they repaired in the afternoon, and as Peregrine stood contemplating the picture of Hercules and Omphale, one of his fellow-students whispered in his ear, `Z--ds
184] The sloe-eyed Omphale holds the hero's club and wears his lion's skin while the befuddled hero does "woman's work" pulling the thread of the distaff.
The central young man holds a woman's spinning tool, a distaff, certainly referring to another story of Hercules, when he was forced to take this humiliating role by Omphale with whom he was besotted.