Gender Feminine
Scripts Σεμέλη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. SEH-MEH-LEH(Classical Greek)
SEHM-ə-lee(English)
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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.

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Entry updated May 29, 2020