Althaea


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Althaea

(al-the'a) [L. althaea, fr Gr. althaia, marshmallow]
A genus of about a dozen perennial herbs native to western Asia and Europe.

Althaea officinalis

See: marshmallow
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Althaea speaks of a Love that "with swift feet" trampled out the embers, which threatened the brand.
Almost ironically, in contrast with Althaea's self-perceived resolute, protective love of her son, the choric song that follows her speech points directly to the doomed misery that defines life and to the transience of love, precisely the very things to which Althaea is blind.
Bound up with the creation of life, and consequently components of man, just as Althaea noted pain "in her presage" (ll.
Althaea attempts to alert Meleager to the illusions of love; specifically, she cautions him about falling in love with Atalanta, whom she regards as potentially destructive to her son's life, saying that "poison" (l.
Althaea construes Meleager's love for Atalanta as dream-like.
As Althaea states, "there is nothing stabile in the world / But the gods break it" (ll.
All of the larger sorrows of life are experienced as personal by Althaea.
Dreaming for Althaea is tantamount to erasure of their deaths; only she must awaken each morning to feel the heartache of their lived absence anew.
Though she can do nothing to undo her brothers' murder, Althaea can murder their murderer.
By killing Meleager, Althaea is recognizing the futility of maintaining a species doomed to a tormented, anguished life.