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Aaron

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In Hebrew tradition Moses's brother. He was assigned to Moses as his assistant (Exod. 4: 14), and later he and his descendants were appointed priests (Exod. 28 f.). In Christian theology he...

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Polyphemus

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(Handel: Acis and Galatea). Bass. Giant in love with Galatea. Kills Acis. Aria: O ruddier than the cherry. Creator (1718) not traced.

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Semele

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In Greek mythology, the mother, by Zeus, of Dionysus. The fire of Zeus's thunderbolts killed her but made her child immortal.

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Valkyries

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In Scandinavian mythology, each of Odin's twelve handmaids who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield to Valhalla. The name comes from Old Norse Valkyrja,...

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