Alcestis



Also, Alkestis. Classical Mythology. the wife of Admetus who gave up her life in order that the Fates might save the life of Admetus and later was brought back from Hades by Hercules.
(italics) a tragedy (438 b.c.) by Euripides.
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And of a truth, lady, thou art very like in shape and stature to my Alcestis that is dead.
Heroines That Every Child Should Know Various

The funeral of a rich person was to them what the funeral of Alcestis or Ophelia is to the educated.
Howards End E. M. Forster

After a short struggle he defeats the powers of Death and restores Alcestis to her husband.
The Opera R.A. Streatfeild

Read some of the “Alcestis” (Euripides) before going to bed.
Lost Diaries Maurice Baring

Next to the Cyclops I am not sure what play would come, but the Alcestis would not be far off.
The Rhesus of Euripedes Euripedes

But fairest of the fair, as the moon among stars, was Alcestis.
Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley

And when the old man had departed, they carried forth Alcestis to her burial.
Heroines That Every Child Should Know Various

Then he told him of his love for Alcestis, and how he could never hope to win her.
Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley

Wondering how it was that he had been so quickly cured, he made haste to find Alcestis and tell her the good news.
Old Greek Stories James Baldwin

Yet straightway he came and stood beside Alcestis, and took her hand in his.
Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley

noun
(Greek myth) the wife of king Admetus of Thessaly. To save his life, she died in his place, but was rescued from Hades by Hercules

wife of Admetus, she offered her life for her husband and was rescued from the Underworld by Herakles, from Greek Alkestis, literally “valiant, courageous,” from alke “protection, help, strength, power.”

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