Online Encyclopedia


Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 341 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: it!
PHAEDRA, in Greek legend, daughter of Minos and Pasiphae. With her sister Ariadne she was carried off by Theseus to Athens, and became his wife. On the way to Eleusis she met Hippolytus, son of Theseus by a former wife (Hippolyte, queen of the Amazons, or her sister Antiope), and fell in love with him. Finding her advances rejected, she hanged herself, leaving behind a letter in which she accused Hippolytus of having made dishonourable proposals. The same story, in the main, is told of Bellerophon and Anteia. It formed the subject of tragedies by Sophocles, Euripides (two, one of which is extant), Seneca and Racine.
End of Article: PHAEDRA

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.