Alcmena


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Related to Alcmena: Amphitryon, Eurystheus, Deianira, Omphale, Alkmene

Alcmena

unknowingly commits adultery when Jupiter impersonates her husband. [Rom. Lit.: Amphitryon]
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72) Amphitryo also fails in its temporal unity because Alcmena conceives and gives birth in the same play.
Sol mi manco che non divenni allora la fortunata Alcmena, a cui ste tanto pifi de l'usato a ritornar l'Aurora.
Rooted in classical mythology, the story concerns a prince of Thebes, Amphitryon, whose wife, Alcmena, is seduced by a lecherous Jupiter.
Unlike Petrarch, Franco portrays these women positively and sympathetically: they join in her lament (Capitolo 3), her grief is like Niobe's (Capitolo 8), her suffering is worse than that endured by Alcmena (Capitolo 15), and Cytherea protects her (Capitolo 20).
The Silver and Brazen Ages between them tell the story of the birth, triumphs, and death of Hercules, but continue the same episodic admixture of bloodshed, amours, and algolagnia, including the adventures of Bellerophon and Perseus, and Jason and the Argonauts, alongside Jupiter's seductions of Alcmena and of Semele, together with Venus's attempts on Adonis and her affair with Mars, and the rape of Persephone.