Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Amphitryon and Alcmene
(6,800 words)

(Ἀµφιτρύων [Amphitrýōn], Αλκµήνη [Alkmḗnē]; Latin Amphitruo, Alcumena)

A. Myth

Am., a Theban general, son of Alcaeus and grandson of Perseus, king of Tiryns and founder of Mycenae, courts Al., daughter of Electryon, a brother of Alcaeus and successor of Perseus as king. To win Al.’s hand in marriage, Am. must join Electryon in battle against the sons of the Taphian (Teleboan) Pterelaus, also a descendant of Perseus. The sons of Electryon and Pterelaus fall in th…

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Greiner, Bernhard, “Amphitryon and Alcmene”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_ID_0005>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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