His poisoned shirt Still wet with blood he gave to Deianira
, Told her that all who wear it are possessed, Seized by the magic of reviving love.
Mabuse displays his dexterity in rendering tactile effects still more in the Birmingham picture of Hercules and Deianira
, to which we now return.
Ariadne is alluded to next (20); then Deianira
(68), whose name means 'destroyer of men'.
At the beginning of the Women of Trachis Deianira
was an anxious but loyal wife; at the end she has caused her husband's death and killed herself.
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
the [Mathematical Expression Omitted] which Deianira
sends to authenticate her gift of the robe to Heracles (Soph.
Finally, Brownlow discusses at length, in his commentary and in Appendix 6, the vexed question of the tone of the lyrics addressed to the Countess of Surrey and her ladies, with their apparently incongruous classical comparisons to Tomyris and Deianira
, Canace and Phaedra.
He later married Deianira
, whom he soon had to rescue from the lustful Nessus, who instructed Deianira
to dip Hercules' tunic into the dying centaur's blood.
He eventually died after donning the poisoned shirt dipped in the blood of the centaur Nessus, which his wife Deianira
had given him.
and like a bee she flits"), the role of Deianira
emphasizes the link of the Cyprian to the beasts (934-5; Hippolytus 447-50, 561-3, 359-60).
Helm, though he is conscious to some degree elsewhere of both Apuleius' use of previous authors and his sense of humour, does not see (as Silvia Mattiacci has most fully explored) (35) that this scene brilliantly parodies several literary sources, and especially the tragic scenes in Euripides' Alcestis where the queen Alcestis, about to die for her husband Admetus, bids a touching farewell to her marital bed (177--80), or in Sophocles' Trachiniae, where the suicidal Deianira
does the same (920--22), as well as the scene in Vergil's Aeneid where Dido, bent on suicide, bids farewell to the bed which she had shared with Aeneas (4.
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