Hippolytus goes on to say that women are stupid and require a lot of money to take care of. Phaedra overhears his speech and is terrified that he will tell Theseus and she wanted to preserve her honor so she hangs herself. She leaves behind a note saying that she killed herself for shame after Hippolytus assaulted herTheseus reads the note, but Hippolytus swore he would never reveal Phaedra’s words. Theseus then uses one of the three wishes given him by Poseidon to curse his son – As Hippolytus races his chariot, a bull frightens the horses, which sends him from the chariot onto rocks where he dies. Theseus learns the truth from ArtemisIn this story, Euripides changes the basic assumptions of an old story – Phaedra is a highly moral woman struggling against the shame of her passion whereas Hippolytus is an intolerant prigoObservations: The Folktake of “Potiphar’s Wife”The story of Phaedra and Hippolytus is a version of the common folktale story-type about family life called “Potiphar’s Wife”Yahwah leaves Joseph to control his house, but while he is gone the master’s wife (Potiphar) tries to get with Joseph and when he doesn’t and leaves his garment with her, she tells them that he tried to get with her and ran away, leaving his garmentJoseph’s master seize him and put him into the prisonBellerophon: Rebuffed the wife of King Proteus while he was away, but she accused him of making advances. The king couldn’t kill Bellerophon, his friend, so he sent him across the sea to his father-in-law in Lycia with instructions. He sent him on tasks, but he was always successful, but eventually died.oThe Exploits of Theseus and PirithousPirithouswas king of the Lapiths, a Thessalian tribe
Pirithous tested Theseus when he heard of his prowess by raiding his flocks. Theseus caught him red-handed, but Pirithous made an offer to be Theseus’ slave, so they didn’t kill each other and swore eternal friendshipThe Centaurs, half men and half horse, were invited to the wedding feast of Pirithous and Hippodamia. The Centaurs were cousins of Pirithous, were wild, uncivilized, and unaccustomed to wine, lost control of themselves after a few drinks and attacked the bride and tried to rape her attendants tooThis led to the famous war between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, called the Centauromachy, which symbolized the struggle between civilization and barbarismAfter Phaedra and Hippodamia both had died, Theseus and Pirithous decided to look for new wives together. Theseus decided on Helen (only a daughter of Zeus could satisfy them). They snatched her up and took her to his mother, Aethra, for safe-keeping until she was of agePirithous decided on Persephone. They went to the underworld and gave Hades their request. Hades invited them to dinner, but their flesh clung to the seat and their limbs were bound with serpents. Heracles later wrenched Theseus from the chair, but left a lot of his backside. He tried to save Pirithous, but couldn’t.
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