Hippolytus | Study Guide

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Timeline of Events

  • Theseus's house, Troezen

    Aphrodite explains her plot to get revenge on Hippolytus for his dishonor of her.

    Prologos
  • Same day

    Hippolytus praises Artemis and denounces Aphrodite. A servant warns Hippolytus not to offend a god.

    Prologos
  • Same day

    The servant prays to Aphrodite to grant Hippolytus forgiveness.

    Prologos
  • Later the same day

    The Chorus of Women wonder what has caused Queen Phaedra to become ill.

    Parados
  • Immediately following

    The nurse tries to convince Phaedra to reveal the source of her sorrows.

    Episode 1
  • Soon after

    Phaedra confides in the nurse that she is in love with her stepson Hippolytus.

    Episode 1
  • Immediately after

    The nurse suspects Aphrodite's doing. She urges Phaedra to tell the truth.

    Episode 1
  • Later the same day

    The nurse betrays Phaedra and tells Hippolytus her secret.

    Episode 2
  • Immediately after

    Hippolytus grudgingly agrees to keep the secret.

    Episode 2
  • Moments later

    Phaedra accuses the nurse of betrayal. Now she must kill herself to preserve her family's name.

    Episode 2
  • Immediately after

    Phaedra plans to end her sorrow, save her name, and destroy the sanctimonious Hippolytus.

    Episode 2
  • Later the same day

    The nurse discovers Phaedra has hanged herself.

    Episode 3
  • Immediately following

    Theseus sees his dead wife's body.

    Episode 3
  • Moments later

    Theseus reads Phaedra's note accusing Hippolytus of rape and asks Poseidon to kill his son.

    Episode 3
  • Immediately following

    Theseus banishes his son from Athens.

    Episode 3
  • A short while later

    A messenger describes the accident nearly killing Hippolytus.

    Exodos
  • Soon after

    Artemis tells Theseus about Aphrodite's plot and Phaedra's lie about the rape.

    Exodos
  • Immediately following

    Dying Hippolytus is brought to Theseus. The king is ridden with guilt for causing his son's death.

    Exodos
  • Immediately following

    Aretimis promises to avenge Hippolytus's death.

    Exodos
  • Immediately following

    Artemis asks both Theseus and Hippolytus to forgive each other. Hippolytus does and then dies.

    Exodos

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Prologos Euripides does not designate acts or scene breaks in Hippolytus. The play is arranged according to the basic dramatic st... Read More
Parados The Chorus of Women describes Phaedra and her plight: she appears sickly, lying on her bed, feverish, and she hasn't eat... Read More
Episode 1 The nurse has been watching Phaedra suffer for days, but the queen will not tell her why. "There's no content for you in... Read More
Stasimon 1 The Chorus of Women sings of Aphrodite's son Eros, the god of love who "brings bewitching grace into the heart." They ar... Read More
Episode 2 Phaedra is listening at the door when she hears the nurse reveal her secret to Hippolytus. The nurse "has ruined me" Pha... Read More
Stasimon 2 The Chorus of Women relays the story of Phaethon, the son of Apollo. Phaethon rode the sun chariot and almost lost contr... Read More
Episode 3 The nurse discovers Phaedra's dead body and cuts her down, laying her on the bed. Theseus enters. He has just returned f... Read More
Stasimon 3 The Chorus of Huntsmen sings of how great it is to be cared for by the gods even though men's lives and fortunes are alw... Read More
Exodos A messenger arrives to tell Theseus that Hippolytus has had an accident and is near death. His own horses trampled him, ... Read More
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