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Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687655

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687655.001.0001

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(p.248) Phaedra
Sophocles: Selected Fragmentary Plays

Alan H. Sommerstein

David Fitzpatrick

Thomas Talboy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Sophocles's play Phaedra, which tells the story of Phaedra, daughter of the Cretan king Minos, sister of Ariadne, and wife of Theseus. It considers the first reference of Phaedra in a dubious pedigree in Odyssey. It also examines Odysseus's mention of Phaedra, Procris and Ariadne during his visit to the underworld, which is often suspected of being an Athenian interpolation of the sixth century since all three heroines have Athenian connections. The chapter reviews other sources for the Phaedra story that seem to rely heavily on Euripides's Hippolytos Stephanephoros and Hippolytos Kalyptomenos. It talks about the The V-scholia on Odyssey that cite the Tragodumena of Asclepiades of Tragilus and tell a story that contains some elements from HippS.

Keywords:   Sophocles, Phaedra, Odyssey, underworld, Athenian interpolation, Euripides, Hippolytos Stephanephoros, Hippolytos Kalyptomenos

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