Anonymous asked in Society & CultureMythology & Folklore · 1 month ago

Aphrodite and Artemis "square off" in a way in the play Hippolytus by Euripides, which has to do with a bad love triangle involving Theseus,?

an Athenian hero; Phaedra, Theseus' wife (down the list in a series of partners); and Hippolytus, Theseus' son by an earlier relationship and Phaedra's stepson. Aphrodite tells the audience in a prologue to the play that she is angry at Hippolytus because he spurns her, and women generally, and sexual love; instead, Hippolytus likes to hang out with Artemis. Aphrodite achieves her revenge by causing Phaedra to fall in lust with Hippolytus, who goes ballistic when he finds out about his stepmother's feelings. Phaedra in shame kills herself, but also leaves an incriminating (and false) accusation against Hippolytus. Theseus calls down a curse on his son, who is then dragged to near death by stampeding horses. Father and son are reconciled when Artemis appears at the end of the play to explain to Theseus what Phaedra did, but Hippolytus still dies. 

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