- a sister of Meleager and wife of Hercules, whom she killed unwittingly by giving him a shirt that had been dipped in the poisoned blood of Nessus.
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Examples from the Web for deianeira
Compared with Medea or with Phædra, Deianeira is tame and lifeless.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
John Addington Symonds
Driven from Calydon for homicide, he goes with Deianeira to Trachis.
During the singing of a choral ode Deianeira has had time to reflect.
Hearing these tidings Deianeira leaves the scene without uttering a word.
So he journeyed to the banks of the Evenos, where he smote the centaur, Nessos, because he sought to lay hands on Deianeira.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- Greek myth a sister of Meleager and wife of Hercules. She unintentionally killed Hercules by dipping his tunic in the poisonous blood of the Centaur Nessus, thinking it to be a love charm
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