A-Z: General definitions: Phaedra


Phaedra, the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae, married Theseus. She fell in love with her stepson Hippolytus, Theseus' son by the Amazon Hippolyte (or Antiope). Some sources say that Aphrodite made Phaedra love Hippolytus because he had refused to worship her. When her stepson rejected her advances, Phaedra told Theseus that he had tried to rape her. In revenge, Theseus asked Poseidon to destroy his son. Poseidon sent a monstrous bull from the sea which terrified Hippolytus' horses. They bolted and Hippolytus was dragged to his death. Phaedra hung herself.

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