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September 19- Euripides, Hippolytus

September 19- Euripides, Hippolytus - o To be a youth...

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September 19, 2007 Gods and Mortals Euripides, Hippolytus Is Aphrodite a Bitch? What behavior might lead us to describe her as a bitch? Why would Euripides depict her in this way? Aphrodite as Sexual Desire Modern psychological interpretation Culturally specific interpretations: specific context of ancient Greek culture First Interpretation - What does Hippolytus’ devotion to Artemis represent in terms of how he wants to spend his life? o To avoid sexuality and to avoid women -see especially lines 616-50
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Unformatted text preview: o To be a youth forever-Not socially possible; according to Athenian norms, he must grow up and take his place as an adult in society; marriage and procreation were an essential part of this-Hippolytus represents the desire to remain a youth and avoid marriage and adulthood; girls pay tribute to that desire at the point in their lives when they must move beyond it and marry • Second Interpretation-Aphrodite lines 17-22-Artemis can get away with having nothing to do with Aphrodite...
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