A330 Block 1

Here you’ll find materials, videos and book recommendations to help you with your study of Euripides’ Hippolytus and related material in Block 1.

Take a look at the paintings below. What strikes you about each one? How do the artists characterise Hippolytus and Phaedra?

Phaedra. Artist:  Alexandre Cabanel (1823–1889)  
Date: 1880
Size: 194cm x 286cm
Hippolytus and PhaedraArtist: Pierre-Narcisse Guerin
 Date: 1802
Size: 39 x 52 cm
Alma Tadema
The Death of Hippolytus. Artist: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Date: 1860



Downloadable materials

Picturing the Myth: tutorial resources on Hippolytus and Phaedra in pictures.

Art Appreciation: if you’re new to analysing art, this step-by-step guide might be helpful.

Critical Appreciations: a similar guide, relating to texts.

Evaluating sculpture: a useful list of questions for anyone unsure about analysing sculpture.






Hippolytus Links

Another translation of the play, by George Theodoridis, freely available for personal use.

A PhD thesis on Hippolytus in drama, dance, opera and film, by a former OU PhD student.

An interesting article on Hippolytus, Phaedra and Theseus, from Classical Wisdom Weekly.

Edith Hall on her ‘intuitive loathing’ of the Hippolytus myth.

Anastasia-Stavroula Valtadorou on a controversial reception of Hippolytus.

Gregory Nagy discusses the relationship between Pausanias and Euripides.

General Links

Perseus Digital Library –  a vast and very useful repository of texts, translations and images.

The Theoi Project – an excellent resource for texts and images, as well as reference material.

The Myth Index – a straightforward and attractive encyclopaedia site.




Additional Reading

 Euripides: Hippolytus by Sophie Mills – A clear and readable little book which covers all sorts of useful stuff.

Seneca’s Phaedra – a translation from Theoi.com.