Alcestis and Admetus
(7,199 words)

(Ἄλκηστις [Álkēstis], Ἄδµητος [Ádmētos]; Latin Alcestis, Admetus)

A. Antiquity

A.1. Sources, distribution and variants of the myth

The oldest surviving version of the myth, and the most important in reception history, is that given by Euripides in his Alcestis, performed in 438 BC as the fourth part of a tragic tetralogy, i.e. in place of a satyr play. Juvenal (Iuv. 6,652–654) and Lucian (Lucian, Salt. 51f.) mention stage and pantomime performances of the Imperial period. We ha…

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von Möllendorff, Peter, “Alcestis and Admetus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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