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Alcestis

by Micha F. Lindemans
The daughter of King Pelias, and wife of Admetus. She volunteered to die in his place, but was returned from the underworld by Heracles and reunited with her husband. She is a classical example of love and loyalty. On a piece of art in the temple of Artemis (rebuilt after the fire of 356 BCE), made by Scopas of Praxiteles, she is portrayed between the winged god of death and Hermes.

Article details:

  • Pronunciation:
    al-ses'-tis
  • Etymology:
    Might of the home

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