And of a truth, lady, thou art very like in shape and stature to my Alcestis that is dead.
The funeral of a rich person was to them what the funeral of Alcestis or Ophelia is to the educated.
After a short struggle he defeats the powers of Death and restores Alcestis to her husband.
Read some of the "Alcestis" (Euripides) before going to bed.
Next to the Cyclops I am not sure what play would come, but the Alcestis would not be far off.
But fairest of the fair, as the moon among stars, was Alcestis.
And when the old man had departed, they carried forth Alcestis to her burial.
Then he told him of his love for Alcestis, and how he could never hope to win her.
Wondering how it was that he had been so quickly cured, he made haste to find Alcestis and tell her the good news.
Yet straightway he came and stood beside Alcestis, and took her hand in his.
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."