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Phaedra and Hippolytus



Phaedra was the young princess whom the hero Theseus chose as a new bride.

His son, Hippolytus, was from yet another wife whom he had trashed, the Amazon queen Hippolyta.

Hippolytus was a rash, impetuous young man who completely scorned the goddess Aphrodite and devoted all his attention to Artemis. Aphrodite, enraged, would not be ignored; she cast a spell which makes Phaedra fall hopelessly in love with her step-son. Hippolytus was repulsed by Phaedra's advances, and she killed herself in agony.

She left a note for Theseus that claimed Hippolytus violated her, and Theseus called upon his father Poseidon to take vengeance on him.

Hippolytus dies, but not before Theseus discovers the truth.

This sad tale reveals just how deadly love can be-and how it cannot, and should not, be neglected.




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