Alcestis, in Greek legend, was the daughter of Pelias and Anaxibia. She was the only daughter of this king that did not take part in the murder of her father. She was married to Admetus, king of Pherae, and because of her childlike and sacrificing love she has become the wonder of all ages. Admetus was the friend of Apollo, who promised to save the king on. condition that some one would sacrifice himself for him. When Admetus therefore became sick, Alcestis, who had heard of Apollo's condition for the king's recovery, offered herself as a sacrifice, and the king recovered. Hercules liberated the faithful wife from the bonds of Hades.

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