Admetus in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
（*)/Admhtos), a son of Pheres, the founder and king of
Pherae in Thessaly, and of Periclymene or Clymene. (Apollod.
1.9.2, 9.14.) He took part in the Calydonian chase and the
expedition of the Argonauts. (Apollod. 1.9.16; Hyg. Fab. 14.
173.) When he had succeeded his father as king of Pherae, he
sued for the hand of Alcestis, the daughter of Pelias, who
promised her to him on condition that he should come to her
in a chariot drawn by lions and boars. This task Admetus
performed by the assistance of Apollo, who served him
according to some accounts out of attachment to him (Schol.
ad Eurip. Alcest. 2; Callim. h. in Apoll. 46, &c.), or
according to others because he was obliged to serve a mortal
for one year for having slain the Cyclops. (Apollod.
3.10.4.) On the day of his marriage with Alcestis, Admetus
neglected to offer a sacrifice to Artemis, and when in the
evening he entered the bridal chamber, he found there a
number of snakes rolled up in a lump. Apollo, however,
reconciled Artemis to him, and at the same time induced the
Moirae to grant to Admetus deliverance from death, if at the
hour of his death his father, mother, or wife would die for
him. Alcestis did so, but Kora, or according to others
Heracles, brought her back to the upper world. (Apollod.
1.9.15; compare ALCESTIS.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman
biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.