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[43] Mater abest. She here enumerates the several circumstances of her distress. She was not only abandoned by her husband, but had no friend near her to comfort her. 'Your mother Alemena (she says) is not with me:' for Hercules, having at an entertainment slain oeneus' cupbearer, had retired to Trachin, where he had left his wife Deianira. The story is recounted at large by Apollodorus.

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