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  Semele - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Greek mythology, Semele, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, was the mother of Dionysus (the god and his votaries were both identified as "Bacchus") by Zeus.
The name Semele, like other elements of Dionysiac cult (thyrsus, dithyramb) are manifestly not Greek (Burkert 1985), apparently Thraco-Phrygian (Kerenyi 1976 p107; Seltman 1956) and the myth of her father Cadmus gives him a Phoenician origin.
The story formed the basis for the secular oratorio, Semele (1744) by George Frideric Handel and for the opera, Semele (1707) by John Eccles.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Semele   (465 words)

 Semele (oratorio) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Semele is a secular oratorio by George Frideric Handel.
Although Congreve, and its original composer Eccles, had wished Semele to be presented on the stage, Handel designed and performed it ’in the Manner of an Oratorio’, in concert form.
Today, Semele is performed regularly in concert halls and occasionally staged as an opera, but is not part of the standard operatic repertoire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Semele_(oratorio)   (520 words)

 SEMELE - LoveToKnow Article on SEMELE
It is said that Hera, having assumed the form of Semels nurse, persuaded her rival to ask Zeus to show himself to her in.
He appeared seated in his chariot surrounded by thunder and lightning; Semel was consumed by the flames and gave birth prematurely to a child, which was saved from the fire by a miraculous growth of ivy which sprang up round the palace of Cadmus.
Zeus and Semel probably represent the fertilizing rain of spring, and the earth, afterwards scorched by the summer heat.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /S/SE/SEMELE.htm   (177 words)

 Mythography | The Legend of Semele in Myth and Art
Because Semele was the mother of the god Dionysos, knowing her story is an essential part of understanding the nature of the Greek god of wine and the theatre.
In mythology, Semele was the daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia.
Hera made Semele doubt her lover's claims to immortality, and convinced the poor mortal woman to demand proof of his divinity.
www.loggia.com /myth/semele.html   (451 words)

 Semele, Greek Mythology Link.
Yet others have said that the reason why Zeus killed Semele before she could give birth, was that he wished the child to be born of two immortals, thus being itself immortal from its very birth.
When Semele's sisters learned what happened, they did not exercise benevolence, but instead spread the rumour that Semele had consorted with some mortal lover falsely accusing Zeus, and that was why, they said, Semele was blasted by thunder.
The Laconians have said that when Semele gave birth to her son by Zeus, Cadmus put both mother and child into a chest, which was washed up by the waves in Laconia.
homepage.mac.com /cparada/GML/Semele.html   (1276 words)

 Semele   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele’s sister, Ino, is in love with Athamas, and tells him of her feelings, which at the time he takes to be words of sympathy.
Semele is in the palace which Jupiter built for her and asks for sleep to return in the celebrated aria O sleep, why dost thou leave me.
Semele is alone and is tricked by Juno (disguised as her sister) into refusing Jupiter’s advances unless he comes in the form of a god rather than as a human.
www.scottishopera.org.uk /semele.html   (390 words)

 OperaWorld.com -- Semele: Synopsis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Yet Semele remains emotionally detached from the joyous event, and neither the pleading of her father nor that of her fiancé Athamas can convince her to join the celebration.
Jupiter invites Semele to enjoy the pastoral beauties around her, yet for all the delights of the natural world, she remains restless and unsettled.
Semele is led to believe that if Jupiter appears before her in his unmasked, godlike form instead of first transforming himself into the shape of a man, she will become immortal as well.
www.operaworld.com /baroque/semele/semelesynopsis.shtml   (930 words)

 The Wrath of Heaven
Genealogy: Houses of Seers and House of Thebes.
Semele was the beautiful daughter of Cadmus, the king of Thebes, and of Harmonia, the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite.
For Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Semele, the daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes, and of Harmonia, daughter of Ares and Aphrodite.
www.timelessmyths.com /classical/wrath.html   (7790 words)

 Online Review London -Semele
Semele's approaching wedding to the innocuous Boeotian prince, Athamas, is just a foil to establish Semele's reluctance and her secret, forbidden love of Jupiter.
Semele is flirting with forbidden love and in the process made enemies in high places with considerably longer planning and more power than she.
Semele thinks this is for good and she has won the lottery.
www.onlinereviewlondon.com /reviews/Semele.html   (805 words)

 Semele   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele was the daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, and the mother, by Zeus, of the god Dionysus.
As a result, Semele asked Zeus to grant an unspecified favor, and got him to swear by the river Styx that he would grant it.
Thus Dionysus is sometimes called "the twice-born." Dionysus was raised at first by Semele's sister and brother-in-law, Ino and Athamus, and later by the nymphs of Nysa.
home.swipnet.se /heathen/mythology/s/semele.html   (172 words)

 PRODUCTIONS / SEMELE / STORY / STORY SYNOPSIS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Cadmus returns and tells of the events he has just witnessed: Semele, with 'azure flames' around her head, was snatched heavenward by 'an eagle of mighty size, on purple wings descending', leaving a diffusion of 'celestial odour and ambrosial dew'.
Semele, in the palace, attended by Loves and Zephyrs, calls on sleep to return and restore her dreams.
Semele sees Jupiter descending, as a fiery cloud, and realizes too late the consequence of her vanity; consumed by his flames, she dies.
www.pinchgutopera.com.au /productions/semele/story   (584 words)

 Semele - Handel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele was a Theban princess and the only mortal to be the parent of a god, that God none other than Dionysus/Bacchus, offspring of Semele's union with Zeus/Jupiter.
Of course, Zeus' wife Hera/Juno was less than pleased with the goings on, so she schemed Semele to a nasty end, consumed in flames from the lightning that radiated from her lover.
Handel wrote Semele (to a libretto by William Congreve, in turn based on Ovid) as an opera, but in its early productions it was staged as oratorio; styles had changed in London and oratorios were a lot easier on the budget as well.
www.culturevulture.net /Opera/Semele.htm   (841 words)

 Headlinemuse.com - The Semele Complex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
She plants a seed of doubt in the young woman's mind as to whether the father of the child really is the great god Zeus, suggesting that many mortal men have entered the beds of unwitting young girls calling themselves a god.
Semele now feels she must have a concrete experience of the Godhead, and with feminine charm she gets the unsuspecting Zeus to promise whatever boon she demands.
Now in view of the fact that Semele is the mother of Dionysos, it is hardly surprising that she possesses some of her son's qualities--such as the tendency to annihilate individual boundaries (including her own) and merge with the Void.
www.headlinemuse.com /Culture/semele.htm   (1758 words)

 Greek Mythology: THYONE SEMELE Goddess of Inspired Bacchic Frenzy
Semele died of fright, and Zeus grabbed from the fire her sixth-month aborted baby, which he sewed into his thigh.
"Semele was loved by Zeus because of her beauty, but since he had his intercourse with her secretly and without speech she thought that the god despised her; consequently she made the request of him that he come to her embraces in the same manner as in his approaches to Hera.
Semele consumed by the fire he translated into the starry vault; he gave the mother of Bakkhos a home in the sky among the heavenly inhabitants, as one of Hera’s family, as daughter of Harmonia sprung from both Ares and Aphrodite.
www.theoi.com /Georgikos/Thyone.html   (3248 words)

 Juilliard | The Juilliard Journal Online
Semele’s dilemma is that she is in love with an immortal, Jupiter, but can no longer endure the uncontrollable, all-too-human pains that accompany love’s pleasure—feelings of jealousy, abandonment, and doubt.
Playing on Semele’s desire to become immortal, Juno cunningly instructs her to demand that Jupiter appear in his immortal guise, for if Semele does so, she will immediately be transformed to an immortal being.
One of many examples of this comes in Semele’s Act I entrance arioso, “Ah me! What refuge now is left me.” A solo violin punctuates the phrases of Semele’s lament to Jupiter with virtuosic echoes that suggest her loneliness in a human world she abhors.
www.juilliard.edu /update/journal/149journal_story.asp   (1593 words)

 Handel Semele Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera/Laurence Cummings, 18th November, 2004 (CC)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele is abducted by an eagle (Jupiter) in the nick of time and in Act II is seen frolicking (and how) with her new man (read god).
Semele wants to elevate her human status, and it is Juno (Jupiter’s wife, appearing as Ino) who sets a trap for Semele.
True, here in Semele one could only marvel at how he could sing nicely and effectively and shag at the same time (how distracting must that have been), but even here it was Carolyn Sampson’s (Semele’s) spot-on pitching and purity of tone that impressed the more.
www.musicweb-international.com /SandH/2004/May-Aug04/semele1811.htm   (696 words)

 Easy Reader Story
Semele is a mythological tale, about a mortal betrothed to another mortal, who then falls in love with Jupiter (by Jove!) and runs off with him.
Semele’s dead… but her union with Jupiter has produced Bacchus, the god of wine.
Then we’re in a motel bedroom, Semele alone, wondering if she’s pregnant, and obviously not pleased with Jupiter who seems callous and self-absorbed, as all gods or government leaders tend to be.
easyreader.hermosawave.net /news2002/storypage.asp?StoryID=20026476&IssuePath=news2005/0609   (1011 words)

 AllRefer.com - Semele (Folklore And Mythology) - Encyclopedia
Zeus, who loved her, appeared to her as a man. Semele asked him to come to her in his divine form, but when he did the fire of his thunderbolts killed her.
Zeus snatched his unborn son from her ashes and thrust him into his thigh, from which Dionysus was finally born.
Later Dionysus rescued Semele from Hades and made her a goddess on Olympus.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/S/Semele.html   (184 words)

 CU Concerts - Baroque in Boulder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele’s sister, Ino, is also distressed by the impending marriage but for different reasons: she herself is in love with Athamas.
Semele is in the midst of packing her bags and changing from wedding dress to travel suit.
Semele flees, and Jupiter is left alone to ponder the impending scandal and downfall of both him and Semele.
www.cuconcerts.org /baroque.html   (769 words)

 Semele   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele mother of Dionysus, has one of the most exciting stories, that artists used through paintings trying to represent.
Semele is shown into fires, after Zeus' visit, and she gives birth to Dionysus before she dies.
Semele is left down burning after Zeus' visit, and he is leaving with the baby.
www.ecsel.psu.edu /~rreynold/Semele.htm   (246 words)

 Business Wire: Semele Group Inc. Enters into Agreement with Ma... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele Group Inc. and its subsidiaries (OTCBB:VSLF) ("Semele") announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Gary Engle and James Coyne, respectively Semele's CEO and President ("Management") that will have the effect of taking Semele private.
Semele expects to file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") within the next week seeking shareholder approval for the Split at a special meeting of shareholders.
The agreement is detailed in Management's latest amended Schedule 13D and Semele's current report on Form 8-K, each to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which shareholders can obtain free of charge from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http: www.sec.gov.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:112179466&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (457 words)

 SEMELE - Ancient Mythology
The mother of Dionysos, she incurred the wrath ofHera, who, on discovering that her husband Zeus was the father of the baby, visited Semele indisguise, and after winning her trust, advised her to get Zeus to swear to appear to her in allhis majesty as thunder god.
When Semele did this, Zeus had no choice but to agree to herrequest, as he had sworn 'by the fl waters of the Styx'---one of the most solemn oaths man or god could swear---to grant her wish, before hearing what it was.
Therefore he appeared to her as a thunderstorm, resplendent with lightning and loud crashing, whichunfortunately was the death of Semele.
www.mysticgames.com /mythology/Semele.htm   (109 words)

 U-Press Telegram - STAGE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
She has fallen in love with Jupiter, and is rescued at the last minute from a mortal marriage by the king of the gods, who transports her to a heavenly palace guarded by dragons, where they can make love all day and night.
Zeus brings Semele's sister Ino to live with her so she will not be lonely, but Juno, using the powers of Somnus, the god of sleep, manages to enter Zeus' love nest.
And when Semele is moved to her heavenly abode, it is a pink plush motel room right out of the 1970s.
u.presstelegram.com /Stories/0,1413,218~24216~2898731,00.html   (1026 words)

 RoyalOperaHouse - Synopses - Opera synopses from previous seasons
Semele seeks to postpone the ceremony, for she is in love with Jupiter.
Cadmus, King of Thebes, his daughters Semele and Ino, and Prince Athamas of Boeotia have assembled with priests: the marriage of Semele and Athamas is to be solemnized and the approbation of Juno, goddess of marriage, is noted and celebrated (Lucky omens).
It is now Semele's sister Ino who delays the ceremony by expressing her sorrow: she herself is in love with Athamas and loath to lose him to Semele.
info.royaloperahouse.org /Synopses/index.cfm?ccs=77&cs=657   (1291 words)

 Semele @ London Coliseum
In Semele the aria is Where'er You Walk, and sung by Ian Bostridge, making his debut as Jupiter, it's all you could possibly hope.
Carolyn Sampson is his Semele, and both looks and acts the charming, naïve, not-really-very-innocent victim of Jupiter's sexual predation.
Iain Paterson is King Cadmus, Semele's father; Robin Blaze sings Athamus, the Prince she doesn't want to marry, and Anne Marie Gibbons is Ino, Semele's sister, who does want to marry him and who gets her way when Semele is whisked off to higher things.
www.musicomh.com /opera/semele.htm   (641 words)

 Semele Group Inc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Semele Group has interests both directly and indirectly in equipment leasing funds, various real estate development projects and income producing real estate.
The Semele Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Equis II Corporation (EquisII), and through its ownership of a Special Beneficiary has an interest in four Delaware Business Trusts known as AFG Investment Trust A, AFG Investment Trust B, AFG Investment Trust C and AFG Investment Trust D (collectively the Trusts).
In May 1999, the Company and the Trusts formed EFG/Kirkwood Capital LLC to acquire preferred and common stock interests in Kirkwood Associates, Inc. ending up with an interest in the Kirkwood ski resort, a local public utility and land that is being held for development.
www.semelegroup.com /aboutus.html   (323 words)

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