History meme:Olympias c. (375–316 BC)
Olympias was the wife of the Macedonian King Philip II and the mother of Alexander the Great. She was suspected of involvement in the assignation of her husband, amongst many others, to secure her son’s leadership. Wielding great influence within Macedonia, first during Alexander’s long battle campaigns, Olympias enjoyed periods as mistress of Macedonia.
A devout worshipper of Dionysus and, reputedly, a sorceress Olympias was said to have kept pet snakes. The sorceress claimed that Alexander was descended from the gods, insisting that Zeus, King of Gods, had taken the form of the wind, moving through the leaves of the age-old oaks as she slept below and had impregnated her. Another version tells that Olympias dreamt of a snake that slowly slithered between her legs as she slept. She dreamt that its seed mingled with the seed of her husband. A variation on this story states that Olympias was impregnated, not by King Philip, who was afraid of her practice of sleeping in the company of snakes, but by Zeus alone. Both Philip and Olympias dreamt of their son’s future birth. In Philip’s dream, he sealed her womb with the seal of the lion. Alexander was said to have the character of a lion.
(Source: lancelotfan, via lancelotfan)