Phaedra, Hippolytus Crown Bearer

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The goddess of love, Aphrodite, opens the tragedy and the goddess of the hunt, Artemis, concludes it, but at the center of "Hippolytus the Crown Bearer" by Euripides (428 BC) are not the gods, but human passion , absolute, devouring of Phaedra for her stepson, Hippolytus. Phaedra keeps silent about her love and is consumed, ultimately revealing it only to her nurse, who speaks in vain to Hippolytus, furious and contemptuous. Phaedra hangs herself, leaving a writing in which she accuses her stepson of rape. Her husband, Theseus, then causes the death of Hippolytus, who is rehabilitated on his deathbed by Artemis herself.

Program and cast

Work by | Euripides
Direction | Paul Curran
Translation | Nicola Crocetti

Greek Theatre of Syracuse

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