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Deianira Meaning and Origin

Deianira is a girl’s name of Greek origin, meaning “man destroyer.” In Greek mythology, Deianira was the wife of the hero Heracles (also known as Hercules), son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. According to the legend, Deianira was given a cloak by the centaur Nessus, who had previously been wounded by Heracles. Nessus convinced Deianira that the cloak would ensure Heracles’ love and fidelity, but in reality, it was poisoned. When Heracles wore the cloak, the poison caused him immense pain, and he died a slow and agonizing death. The name Deianira has been used in various forms of art, including literature, music, and visual arts. It has also been used as a character name in several works of fiction, including the novel “Deianira” by Flora Rheta Schreiber and the play “Hercules Furens” by the Roman playwright Seneca.

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