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[545] That filly in Oechalia,1 unjoined as yet to marriage-bed, unhusbanded, unwed, Aphrodite took from the house of her father Eurytus [550] and yoked her like a footloose Naiad or a Bacchant and gave her—to the accompaniment of bloodshed and smoke, with bloody bridal—to Alcmene's son. O unhappy in her marriage!

1 Iole, daughter of the king of Oechalia, was beloved by Heracles, who sacked her city, killed her family, and took her away by force.

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