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Alcmene [r]: A character from Greek mythology who was the wife of Amphitryon and mother of Heracles and Iphicles. Heracles' father was Zeus, while Iphicles' father was Amphitryon, according to Elizabeth Vandiver, Classics scholar, and authority on Greek mythology and Greek tragedy, including the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Homer, and Virgil. This definition is based on her course Classical Mythology for The Teaching Company. [e]

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Photo of a painting with women.
Greek mythology has numerous characters besides Alcmene, including gods and goddesses, humans, and stories have been a vital part of Western civilization and have served as material for Renaissance painters such as Correggio. Pictured: Leda and the Swan.Painting circa 1532.