Amphitryon is an interesting and unique character, as the tales surrounding him bear witness. His name, as defined above, flows thematically throughout the material we have about him. Not only is he harassed by unrequitable love and duty, he is also harassed by Zeus, who sends him on an errand and then uses his wife to bear Hercules. Furthermore, though Zeus was disguised as Amphitryon while he seduced Alcmene, the real Amphitryon cannot lay claim as progenitor to the great Hercules, who often berates him for offending the gods.
An interesting source for this tale is Amphitryon by Plautus, the Roman Comedian. Plautus uses this tale to present a Mythological Burlesque, very much in line with latter Aristophanic plays, though with an almost tragic side. For this reason, Amphitryon, is possibly one of the only extant examples of Middle Comedy that we have. Furthermore, the long night motif that is prevalent in many of Zeus' seductions is fully exemplified in this Plautine comedy and traces itself through Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.