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Seneca’s Phaedra: Mother Lust
Episode 188th March 2021 • The History Of European Theatre • Philip Rowe
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This episode takes a detailed look at Phaedra, Seneca's version of the Hippolytus myth.

The two versions by Euripides and how Seneca used these

A summary of the play

The differences in Seneca's version from Euripides -

The position of Phaedra as innocent or responsible

Greek shame Vs Roman guilt and repentance

Phaedra and the Roman bas step-mother trope

The play in relation to Stoic philosophy

The motif of the hunt, the hunter and the hunted

Presentations of the play in the medieval period