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A comedy by Dryden, produced and published 1690. Adapted from the comedies of Plautus and Molière on the same subject, it represents the story of Jupiter's seduction of Alcmena in the guise of her husband Amphitryon. The cruel abuse of mortal love by the gods is in striking contrast to the play's uninhibited eroticism. The story was adapted by Giraudoux (1929).

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