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Euripides, Hippolytus 145–50

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This chapter presents verses that continue and conclude the stanza whose opening verses 141-4 are discussed by Dr A. Rijksbaron with the new proposal in line 141. The assumption is apparently in line with the two further questions in the antistrophe 151-60, offering alternative human explanations of Phaedra's behaviour. The verses highlight that Artemis is a credible causer of madness as a punishment, the likely reason being neglect of something due to her. If, mutatis mutandis, Phaedra's unexplained aberrant behaviour has a supernatural cause, then she too may have offended Artemis; and, since her behaviour involves refusing 'Demeter's grain', then the offence may have concerned some cereal offering.

Keywords: mutatis mutandis; Artemis; Demeter; Phaedra

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