"I honour those who reverence my power" : Gods, humans, and the breaking of social and religious rules in Euripides' Hippolytus

Author: Bär, Silvio
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2020, vol. 25, iss. 2, pp. 17-32
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    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
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It is argued in this article that the gods in Euripides' tragedy Hippolytus are equally concerned with testing and breaking their rules of conduct and behaviour as the humans are. The gods in the Hippolytus are repeatedly confronted with conflicting divine norms and laws which are essential for the dramatic progress, yet these lead to various inter-divine conflicts. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the divine descent of Hippolytus adds to the complexity of his character, a character who stands between the world of the humans and the gods.
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