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ScriptsΣεμελη Ancient Greek

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, possibly of Phrygian origin. In Greek mythology she was one of the many lovers of Zeus. Hera, being jealous, tricked Semele into asking Zeus to display himself in all his splendour as the god of thunder. When he did, Semele was struck by lightning and died, but not before giving birth to Dionysos.


consorts of Zeus, Greek mythology, uncertain etymology
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