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Pronunciation : ohm-FUH-lee

(Greek Mortal) OMPHALE

The disciplinarian Queen of Lydia. When Heracles was condemmed to slavery to atone for the death of his last tutor, Iphitus, Omphale won the auction.

But she took equal rights for women too far when she dressed the son of Zeus in a flowery dress and made him knit and spin while she strutted around in his lion skin and tried, in vain, to carry his huge club.

He did manage to keep his volcanic temper in check, basically because Zeus said he had to, but when Omphale's kingdom was faced with a hostile takeover from nasty savages she couldn't egg-on his manly instincts to mame and kill fast enough. The invasion was stopped dead in its tracks, literally, within the hour.

Omphale was impressed, so much so that Heracles became a different kind of slave when she married him, but experts just cannot agree on the name of their son. Ovid claims it was Lamos, Apollodorus states Agelaus, but my personal favourite is Tyrsenus, just because he invented the worlds first trumpet.

During the the course of Heracles' stay a certain Pan crept into the bedroom and snuggled-up to the night-gown clad body he assumed to be Omphale. Can you guess what happened?
Family Tree ...
Parents : Don't know, sorry
Spouse : Heracles (wife number 2)
Offspring : Lamos or Agelaus or Tyrsenus
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'OMPHALE' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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