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- Full Title: Hippolytus
- When Written: Unknown, before 428 BC
- Where Written: Athens or Salamis
- When Published: First performed 428 BC
- Literary Period: Greek Tragedy
- Genre: Tragic Drama
- Setting: Outside the palace of the Greek city of Troizen
- Climax: A huge bull, sent by Poseidon because of Theseus’ curse, dramatically kills Hippolytus after Hippolytus has been framed for raping his step-mother, Phaidra, Theseus’ wife.
- Antagonist: The goddess Aphrodite
Winner. When Euripides staged the play, he won the highly sought first prize. Though he is said to have produced some 90 plays, he only won the competition 5 times.
A second try. Historians argue that Hippolytus staged another version of the play some years earlier, which the audience hated, before he wrote the version we possess. Though the first play is lost, some scholars suggest that it portrayed Phaidra scandalously pursuing her desire without the nurse.