("might of the moon") was, in ancient Greek mythology
, the daughter of Electryon
, king of Mycenae
, and wife of Amphitryon
. She was the mother of Heracles
, who assumed the likeness of her husband during his absence, and the mother of Iphicles
by Amphitryon. While Alcmene was pregnant with Heracles
tried to prevent her from giving birth. She was foiled by Galanthis
, her servant, who told Hera that she had already delivered the baby. Hera turned her into a weasel
Alcmene was regarded as the ancestress of the Heracleidae, and worshipped at Thebes and Athens.
After separating from Amphitryon, she married Rhadamanthus in Boeotia.
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