- 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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Aeneus, King of Aetolia, had a daughter whose name was Deianira.Good Stories For Great Holidays
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Nessus the Centaur, who lived in a cavern close by, offered to carry Deianira over on his back.
Fairest among the maidens of tolia was Deianira, daughter of Œneus, King of Calydon.
On hearing these news and the reproaches of her son, Deianira steals silently away, and destroys herself upon the bridal-bed.
Deianira is struck with compassion for their lot, and with admiration of the noble bearing of one of them, Iole.
- 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