E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Omphale (3 syl.).
The masculine but attractive Queen of Lydia, to whom Herculs was bound a slave for three years. He fell in love with her, and led an effeminate life spinning wool, while Omphale wore the lions skin and was lady paramount.
The celebrated picture of Hercules spinning in the presence of Omphale, by Annibal Carracci, is in the Farnese Gallery.