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Istanbul dec 2007 1316.jpg
12-DEC-2006

Istanbul dec 2007 1316.jpg

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Sarcophagus with the myth of Phaedra and Hyppolitus, 1st half 2nd century AD from Thessaloniki. The Wikipedia has a text about the Euripides play that is worth reading, I quote “Euripides first treated the myth in Hippolytos Kalyptomenos (Hippolytus Veiled), now lost. Scholars are virtually unanimous in believing that the contents to the missing Kalyptomenos portrayed a shamelessly lustful Phaedra who directly propositions Hippolytus, to the displeasure of the audience.

This failure prompted Euripides to revisit the myth in Hippolytos Stephanophoros ("Hippolytus who wears a crown"), this time with a modest Phaedra who fights her sexual appetites. The surviving play offers a much more even-handed and psychologically complex treatment of the characters than is commonly found in traditional retelling of myths.

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