En , Phèdre, la dernière grande tragédie de Racine, met en scène la mythique This play by Racine is based on Phedre by Euripides, not modified in its. Racine’s play Phèdre—which draws on Euripides’ tragedy Hippolytus—is the supreme achievement of French neoclassic theater. In her amusing foreword. Fedra [Racine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Indeed, a rival group staged a play by the now forgotten playwright Nicolas Pradon on an almost identical theme. The play is set at the royal court in Troezenon the Peloponnesus coast in Southern Greece. Following Theseus’s six-month absence, his son Hippolytus tells his tutor Theramenes of his intention to leave Troezen in search of his father.

When pressed by Theramenes, he reveals that the real motive is his forbidden love for Aricia, sole survivor of the royal house supplanted by Theseus and under a vow of chastity against her will.

Close to death and reeling about half-dementedly, under pressure from her old nurse Oenone she explains her state, on condition that she be permitted to die rather than face dishonour. The death of Theseus is announced with the news that his succession is in dispute. Oenone urges her mistress that, since her love for her stepson is now legitimate, she should form an alliance with him, if only for the future benefit of the infant son of her own flesh.


Suddenly entering a trance-like state overcome by emotion, she involuntarily confesses her hidden passions to her horrified dumb-struck stepson.

Sensing rejection, she leaves in a wild frenzy, demanding Hippolytus’ sword to end her torment. Theramenes brings news to Hippolytus that Theseus might still be alive. However, Oenone brings her the devastating news that Theseus has returned in perfect health.

After his long period in captivity, Theseus is surprised by the cold reception from his wife and son, each anxious to conceal their passions: Overcome by rage, Theseus banishes Hippolytus and invokes the god Neptunewho has promised to grant any wish of Theseus, to avenge him by his son’s death.

Protesting his innocence, Hippolytus discloses his secret love for Aricia to his incredulous father and leaves in despair. Consumed by jealousy, she refuses to defend Hippolytus further, leaving his father’s curse to run its course. Hippolytus takes his leave of Aricia, promising to marry her in a temple outside Troezen.

On witnessing the tenderness of their parting, Theseus begins to have doubts about his son’s guilt.

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He decides to question Oenone, but it is too late: Oenone has thrown herself to the waves. Theramenes brings news of his son’s death: Hippolytus’ departing chariot has been interrupted by a terrifying horned monster rising from the waves; mortally wounded by Hippolytus, its death throes drive his horses into a wild frenzy; in fedar flight, the chariot is dashed against the rocks and their master dragged helplessly to his death.

She finally succumbs to the fedrw of a self-administered draught of Medean poison, taken to rid the world of her impurity. As an act of atonement and in respect for his son’s parting promise, Theseus pardons Aricia and adopts her as his daughter.


Voltaire called it “the masterpiece of the human mind. The instrument of others’ suffering, she is also the victim of her frdra impulses, a figure that inspires rscine terror and pity. It is now one of the most frequently staged tragedies from the seventeenth century. This version was staged shortly before his death with Diana Rigg playing the title role. This production was digitally telecast live to cinemas around the world. Robert Lowell ‘s English translation Phaedra was published in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For other uses, see Phaedra disambiguation. Retrieved 24 September Archived from the original on The plays of Jean Racine.

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