Aegiale

Aegiale (eye-GEE-ah-lay) is the daughter of Helios, the sun god. The wife of Diomedes, a Greek hero of the Trojan war, is also Aegiale. When Diomedes returns from Troy he finds his wife has taken up a lover. She casts him out of his home, and Argos and he flees to Italy. Her name means the beach, or sea shore.

A Classical sculpture of Diomedes
A Classical sculpture of Diomedes

Aegiale is queen of Egypt, and married to Ptolemy. She fell in love with Duke Cleanthes, and for that Ptolemy banished him. As the play opens she is seeking to find Cleanthes. As Irus, Leon and Count Hermes Cleanthes guides her in actions that will bring Cleanthes back, including some ritual of cutting a mandrake twig that once was Aegiale’s son, turned into the twig by a witch.

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