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Dirce
(224 words)

(Δίρκη; Dírkē).

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[1] Daughter of Ismenus

Daughter of Ismenus (Callim. H. 4,75ff.), wife of king  Lycus. Both are hostile to Lycus' niece  Antiope [2]; after Antiope had failed in her attempt to escape, D. and Lycus handed her over to her twin sons  Amphion and Zethus, whom she had abandoned at birth, to have her dragged to death by a bull. However, the sons recognize their mother just in time and then proceed to make D. suffer that very punishment (Eur. in Hyg. Fab. 7f.…

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Harder, Ruth Elisabeth (Zürich) and Funke, Peter (Münster), “Dirce”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e321310>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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