Alcmene


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Alcmene

(ălkmē`nē): see AmphitryonAmphitryon
, in Greek mythology, son of Alcaeus. While betrothed to Alcmene, he accidentally killed her father, Electryon. Alcmene and Amphitryon fled to Thebes, but she demanded that he defeat Pterelaos, her father's enemy.
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Firstly, as Friberg-Harnesk points out in some detail, the transference of the Theban wars to an Irish setting is a fundamental adjustment, as is the re-naming of some of the central characters: "Amphitryon and his wife Alcmene, of Kleist's play, become the English General Ashburningham and Lady Minna; the servant Sosias and his wife Charis become Souse and Kitty" (73).
Zeus' interlude with Alcmene never shows the god -- only her seeming ecstasy.
Just as he must restrain himself from the erotic pursuit of Metis herself, and later Thetis, for the sake of security of power, so his seduction and deception of Alcmene is represented as a plan to produce Heracles, the great civilizer and guardian of the cosmos, rather than an end in itself.
But at the last moment, and to my relief, there came the famous son of Zeus and Alcmene, who contended him in battle and released me.
Son of Zeus and mortal Alcmene, Herakles might have enjoyed the privileged life of a demigod.
In Greek lore, Hercules was the product of an illicit liaison between Alcmene, his mortal mother, and Zeus, grand chief of the Greek Gods.
But Eurystheus continued to pursue Herakies' outcast children, who were accompanied by the elderly Tolaus (Herakles' companion-in-arms) and the bitterly resentful grandmother, Alcmene.
The deferral of dawn for which the poet wishes in the last stanza may refer to Jupiter and Alcmene and their conception of Hercules, but neither Muret nor subsequent French commentators have shown any interest in this allusion.
According to Diodorus Siculus, "when Zeus lay with Alcmene he made the night three times its normal length and by the magnitude of the time expended on the procreation he presaged the exceptional might of the child which would be begotten.
21) The fire therefore reveals the essence of his existence as child of Zeus and Alcmene.
Having accidentally killed his uncle Electryon, king of Mycenae, Amphitryon fled with Alcmene, Electryon's daughter, to Thebes, where he was cleansed from the guilt by Creon, king of Thebes.