Amphitryon ; , gen. Amphitryon was a Theban general, who was originally from Tiryns in the eastern part of the Peloponnese. He was friends with Panopeus. Having accidentally killed his father-in-law Electryon, king of Mycenae, Amphitryon was driven out by Electryon's brother, Sthenelus. He fled with Alcmene, Electryon's daughter, to Thebes, where he was cleansed from the guilt of blood by Creon, king of Thebes.
Alcmene, who was pregnant and had been betrothed to Amphitryon by her father, refused to marry him until he had avenged the death of her brothers, all but one of whom had fallen in battle against the Taphians. It was on his return from this expedition that Electryon had been killed.
Amphitryon accordingly took the field against the Taphians, accompanied by Creon, who had agreed to assist him on condition that he slew the Teumessian fox which had been sent by Dionysus to ravage the country. The Taphians, however, remained invincible until Comaetho, the king's daughter, out of love for Amphitryon cut off her father's golden hair, the possession of which rendered him immortal.
Having defeated the enemy, Amphitryon put Comaetho to death and handed over the kingdom of the Taphians to Cephalus.
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On his return to Thebes, he married Alcmene, who gave birth to twin sons, Iphicles and Heracles. Only the former was the son of Amphitryon because Heracles was the son of Zeus, who had visited Alcmene during Amphitryon's absence. He and Alcmene also had a daughter named Laonome.
Search this site. Navigation Home. Guide Books. Parallel Texts. Hall of Fame. Early Modern. Web Links. Central to Amphitryon is the cardinal comic experience of confused identities.
Jupiter and Merkur have taken on earthly form because Jupiter desires Alkmene, wife of the Theban general Amphitryon. The deception allows him to return home earlier than the real Amphitryon — and to make love to his devoted wife. The confusion and fury mounts throughout the play, until at the very end Jupiter reveals himself in his true shape.
He and Merkur return to Olympus — but not before rewarding Alkmene and Amphitryon with the promise that they will have a son whose name will stand as the symbol of male power and greatness — Hercules. More filters.
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From the opening line, "who's there? As with Broken Jug, Kleist approaches comedy here for it's most unsettling qualities, a vision of terror beneath the ordinary, the collapse of self-identity and madness that follows. Other than some business with the servant Sosias, there's not much humor in this comedy.
Oct 24, Bine rated it it was ok. In diesem Fall kamen wohl ziemlich viele Komponenten zusammen, die mir das Buch unsympathisch gemacht haben wenn man das so nennen darf, jedenfalls habe ich es nur ungern in die Hand genommen. Wenn ihr mal einen Kleist gelesen habt, wisst ihr, was ich meine. Einfach abscheulich. Ich kann nicht genau sagen, warum, aber er war mir bei Kleist sehr viel sympathischer. Alkmene dagegen habe ich bei Kleist nicht so wirklich verstanden.
Sie ist schon ein kompliziertes Weibsbild. Sehr komisch.
Dec 17, Dewey rated it really liked it Shelves: the-germans , drama , 19th-century. Through the two different "Amphitryons" Kleist is able to explore various parts of human nature with prose that I found a bit flowery, the only reason I subtract a star from this otherwise great work based in Greek mythology and something that affects Kleists' other play I've read, the Broken Jug, albeit to a lesser extent such as romance vs. Kleist makes much of this also depend on Alcmene's view of her husbands strange behavior and shows that we, in our humanity, will see what we want to see in our partners at times.
Aside from the aforementioned flowery language, great play. This ranks in my opinion as one of Kleists' best works and is a must for Greek mythology lovers.
Dec 07, Taaya rated it did not like it. Sprachlich unterirdisch. Was bitte finden Deutschlehrer zumindest meiner damals daran lustig?!
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