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Alcestis [r]: A character from Greek mythology who was the wife of Admetos who agreed to die in her husband's place so that he could continue to live, but luckily for her, Heracles wrestled Death and defeated him, which brought Alcestis back to life. [e]

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Photo of a painting with women.
Greek mythology has numerous characters besides Alcestis, 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.