Phaedra
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(Φαίδρα/Phaídra; Latin Phaedra)

A. Myth

P. is the daughter of King Minos of Crete and Pasiphaë (Apollod. 3,1,2). The etymology of her name (phaidra, ‘the shining one’) attests to her descent from the Sun: her maternal grandfather is the sun god Helios. Theseus marries her after leaving her sister Ariadne behind on Naxos during his return voyage from Crete, where he killed the Minotaur and found his way out of the Labyrinth with Ariadne’s help. By Theseus, P. has two sons, Acamas and Demoöphon (Apollod. Epit…

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Grosse, Max, “Phaedra”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e917550>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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