Mother of Dionysus and daughter of king Cadmus and Queen Harmonia of Thebes. She had relations with Zeus until his jealous wife Hera made him show himself to Semele as he really was, which instantly turned Semele into ashes. Zeus saved their child Dionysus out of the ashes and put it in his thigh until it was time for it to be born. When old enough, Dionysus saved Semele from Hades and took her to Olympus.