Deianira(redirected from Deïaneira)
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Deianira(dēyənī`rə): see HerculesHercules
, 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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kills husband Hercules for suspected affair with Iole. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 303]
commits suicide out of remorse for unwittingly having killed husband, Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 709]
accidentally kills husband, Hercules; kills herself out of guilt. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 76]
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