Semele and Ino (page 477, with art)

Chapter 14: Thebes

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London, British Museum B425: Attic black-figure cup with Dionysos and Semele in Underworld?

Hades?, Poseidon and Zeus

Semele? Hermes, Persephone? and Dionysos

British Museum

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Diodorus Siculus 5.52.2

The reason Zeus slew Semelê with his lightning before she could give birth to her child was his desire that the babe should be born, not of a mortal woman but of two immortals, and thus should be immortal from its very birth. Greek Text

London, British Museum E313: Attic red-figure neck-amphora by Berlin Painter with Zeus with thunderbolt pursuing unnamed woman (Aigina?)

1867 0508 1114

British Museum

Drawing of Zeus by J.D. Beazley, from Beazley Archive Pottery Database

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art 96.19.1: Attic red-figure column krater with Zeus with thunderbolt pursuing Aigina (named)

Metropolitan Museum

Drawing by Lindsley F. Hall, from G.M.A. Richter, Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1936), pl. 94

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, July 2020

Literary source edited by Elena Bianchelli, Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, University of Georgia, March 2020

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