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Theatre: Hippolytus
Nurse: τί φῄς; ἐρᾷς, ὦ τέκνον; ἀνθρώπων τίνος; note 
Phaedra: ὅστις ποθ᾽ οὗτός ἐσθ᾽, ὁ τῆς Ἀμαζόνος... note 
Nurse: Ἱππόλυτον αὐδᾷς;note 
Phaedra: σοῦ τάδ᾽, οὐκ ἐμοῦ κλύεις.note 
Euripides, Hippolytus, Lines 350-353

Hippolytus is a tragedy by Euripides which won first prize at Athens' City Dionysia festival in 428 BC. The play retells the myth of the son of Theseus: Hippolytus, who has earned the emnitity of the goddess Aphrodite for refusing to worship her.

Rather than target Hippolytus directly, however, Aphrodite turns to another person she apparently has no quarrel with: the goddess causes a woman, Phaedra, to fall desperately in love with him. Unfortunately for Phaedra, he's just not that into her. Hippolytus is really not interested in anyone, and would much rather just go off hunting with his friends and in the presence of his favored goddess, Artemis.

There's also the problem that Phaedra is his stepmother.

Sources tell us that Euripides wrote two versions of Hippolytus: the first version, where Phaedra brazenly tries to seduce Hippolytus, was not received well by the audience. Instead we only have the second, where Phaedra is deeply ashamed of her feelings and the play opens with her determinedly resisting and hiding them. But no matter how determined Phaedra is, she can hardly keep her love secret for long... this is a tragedy, after all.

The play is available online here... if you'd prefer an English translation, you could look here or here.

This play contains examples of the following tropes:


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