in Euripidesí Hippolytus
revenge of the woman scorned (Joseph and Potiphar's Wife)
the divine curse
story of their great hero Theseus
aetiology for the Athenian cult of Hippolytus (mentioned by Artemis at the end of the play)
need for discretion by Athenian women
Two versions of the play
Veiled Hippolytus: In this version Phaedra approaches Hippolytus herself and Hippolytus throws a veil over his head in shock. This play created a scandal in Athens when it was performed.
Crowned Hippolytus: In this surviving play Hippolytus arrives wearing a crown of Artemis and the nurse, not Phaedra, tells Hippolytus about her love.
Aphrodite vs. Artemis
Aphrodite speaks the prologue
Artemis appears as a dea ex machina in the exodos
Hippolytus (excessive chastity)
Phaedra (excessive passion)
Theseus (excessive anger)
Kairos (Critical or Appropriate Moment)
Predetermination vs. Free Will
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