Name: Alkmene

Origin and Meaning of the Name Alkmene

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    (ALK me ne)
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    In Greek mythology Alkmene (or Alcmene) was the mother of Herakles (Hercules) by Zeus, who had visited her during her husband's absence. She gave birth to Herakles after a week's labour, and bore his twin Iphikles (who was the biological son of her husband Amphitryon) a day later. The meaning of Alkmene's name is uncertain. Some suggest that it means 'strong in wrath', or relate it to the idea of strong willpower. The story of Alkmene's deception by Zeus is narrated in the French drama "Amphitryon 38" by Jean Giraudoux.

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