Athene, moved with compassion, carried him to Alcmene, and entreated her kind offices on behalf of the poor little foundling.
This is the chamber into which I am ushered as the messenger: this lantern is Alcmene, to whom I have to speak.
There is more reason in this discourse, Alcmene, than you think.
Has not my master, Amphitryon, commanded me to come here to Alcmene his wife?
Alcmene, in the name of all the Gods, this discourse will have a strange ending!
What has my heart done to you, Alcmene, that I should be looked upon as such a monster?
No, Alcmene, time is measured in such cases by one's impatience; you count the moments of absence as one who does not love.
To tell you frankly, it is the husband Alcmene, who has done this wrong; it is the husband whom you must blame.
Heracles (whose world-renowned exploits will be related among the legends) was the son of Alcmene and Zeus.
Hercules, the hero of strength and courage, was the son of Jupiter and Alcmene.