O.J. may have had the trial of the 20th century, but here’s the trial of the last three millennia:

Phaedra, the wife of Theseus, is hereby charged with infidelity to her husband and with an illicit, incestuous love for her stepson Hippolytus.

You are a member of the defense or prosecution teams. In class use Euripides’ Hippolytus to prepare your opening remarks which will be presented to the jury (the class) on Thursday.

Following today's class , you will prepare in writing your own concluding remarks for the jury and submit them as part of your next unit quiz.

Is Phaedra innocent or guilty as charged and why?

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