But if you believe this, you must be idiots.”. She is responsible for Theseus’ rage at Hippolytus that leads to his banishment and the curse of Neptune upon him. She did but pollute herself with her shameful lust, and yet her offspring by its two-shaped infamy displayed her crime, though long concealed, and by his fierce visage the hybrid child made clear his mother’s guilt. [608] Entrust thy troubles to my ears, mother. Hath my austerity earned this? [250] Now wholly has shame fled my noble soul. This time, though, there is the added element of his dying words, asking Theseus to be lenient on Aricia and Aricia falling unconscious beside him. O thou, who hast outshined the whole race of women, who hast dared a greater evil than thy monster-bearing mother, thou worse than she who bore thee! Classics scholar Philip Whaley Harsh points out that in the course of the extant play, Hippolytus’ character remains consistently self-righteous. But in this happy lot do thou show thyself less harsh; for distress for thee harasses my anxious heart, seeing that thou in thine own despite dost break thyself with heavy penances. my soul, essay, fulfil thine own behest. Thou bearest witness to this, of her race the only son.24. Hippolytus. PHAEDRA [589] [Recovering. THESEUS In fact, she would rather kill herself than act on it. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1961. [640] ‘Tis burning love scorches my maddened heart. He learned to drive the team of night and to wheel in narrower circuit, while the axle groaned beneath the car’s heavier weight; nor did the nights keep their accustomed length, and with belated dawning came the day. O dire fate, O cruel favour of the gods! Richard Wilbur (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1986), 5. [580] [Aside.] THESEUS Theseus deeply regrets the death of his son and gives him the honour of a proper burial, although he deliberately refuses this same honour to Phaedra (a dire sentence in Roman culture). Let others be unnamed; Aegeus’ wife alone, Medea, will prove that women are an accursed race. It’s not difficult to understand why Euripides would take on this story containing as it does themes of love, betrayal, passion, transgression, revenge and human vs. divine will, as well as a spectacular action scene at the climax. Phaedra’s disadvantage is increasing, making her more and more vulnerable, even though as Theseus’ widow she is in the greater position of power. THESEUS Seneca then fully exploits the action/adventure entertainment value in the messenger’s story of Hippolytus’ demise under attack from the bull-like sea monster. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967. Where thy stern manners and the sour severity of age? Then crime stalked unchecked through every home and no impious deed lacked precedent. goes to the passions, they’re now in control, Loeb Classical Library Volumes. [860] She discloses it to none; though sorrowing, she hides her secret grief and is resolved to take with her the woe whereof she dies. But how large a part is still lacking to our tears! Once more, proud man, I grovel at thy feet. Love sways the monsters of the raging sea, sways Lucanian bulls,19 claims as his own all nature; nothing is exempt, and hate perishes at the command of Love. 33. i.e. Crime must be concealed by crime.