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Definition of the noun Alcestis

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Alcestis is a genus of Tropiduchidae, described by Stål in 1860.


Alcestis is a princess in Greek mythology, known for her love of her husband. Her story was popularised in Euripides's tragedy Alcestis. She was the daughter of Pelias, king of Iolcus, and either Anaxibia or Phylomache.

  • also known as 阿尔克斯提斯


"Alcestis" is an Athenian tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides. It was first produced at the City Dionysia festival in 438 BCE. Euripides presented it as the final part of a tetralogy of unconnected plays in the competition of tragedies, for which he won second prize; this arrangement was exceptional, as the fourth part was normally a satyr play. Its ambiguous, tragicomic tone—which may be "cheerfully romantic" or "bitterly ironic"—has earned it the label of a "problem play." Alcestis is, possibly excepting the Rhesus, the oldest surviving work by Euripides, although at the time of its first performance he had been producing plays for 17 years.

  • also known as "Euripides Alcestis"; "Euripides' Alcestis"; "Alcestic"; "Alceste.: Texte grec, accompagné d'une notice d'un argument analytique, de notes explicatives et conforme au texte de la grande édition"; "Alceste.: Notice et notes par Charles Georgin"; "Euripides' Alkestis"; Alcesti; Euripides Alcestis; Alcestic; Euripides' Alkestis; Alceste
  • language: Ancient Greek

Phrases with Alcestis

Phrases starting with the word Alcestis:

  1. Alcestis ingens
  2. Alcestis lunata
  3. Alcestis romani
  4. Alcestis vitrea
  5. Alcestis docilis
  6. Alcestis instans
  7. Alcestis Mendosa
  8. Alcestis Similis
  9. Alcestis costalis
  10. Alcestis quadrata
  11. Alcestis Fulgurans
  12. Alcestis Granulata
  13. Alcestis longiceps

Phrases ending with the word Alcestis:

  1. genus Alcestis
  2. Thecla Alcestis
  3. Tipula alcestis
  4. Melecta alcestis
  5. Trypeta alcestis
  6. Arhopala Alcestis
  7. Belenois Alcestis

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alcestis

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Google previewEuripides Our Contemporary (2014)

by J. Michael Walton

'Alcestis is a heroine of tragedy, but. 1 Introduction.

Google previewEuripides' Alcestis (2003)

by Euripides

The Alcestis is an ideal text for use in the third or fourth semester of Greek: it is short and can easily be read in a semester; the grammar is mosdy straightforward ; the story is easy to follow. Besides, it is a story with universal appeal. While it is ...

Google previewThe Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great (2006)

Theatre and Politics in Eighteenth-century Russia by Lurana Donnels O'Malley

Unlike the tightly woven Oedipus, Alcestis is a puzzling mix of mood and plot. D. J. Conacher notes the first scene between Apollo and Death as a possible hint of Greek drama's folk origins: the allegorical figure of Death, rarely seen in the ...

Google previewEuripides and the Poetics of Sorrow (1993)

Art, Gender, and Commemoration in Alcestis, Hippolytus, and Hecuba by Charles Segal

The Alcestis is a domestic tragicomedy with a mixture of fairy-tale atmosphere and intense personal suffering that in the extant plays reappears again only in the Helen some two decades later. The Hippolytus explores the nature of passion , ...

Google previewDictionary of Foreign Quotations (1980)

by Robert Collison

Ouk esti tous thanontas eis phaos molein EURIPIDES: Alcestis (Greek) There is no return to life from death. Brotois hapasi katthanein opheileta EURIPIDES: Alcestis (Greek) No mortal can escape death. Gignôske de Hös pasin hëmin ...

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Quotes about Alcestis

A second wife is hateful to the children of the first; a viper is not more hateful. (Euripides)
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Scrabble value of A1L1C3E1S1T1I1S1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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