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 (fē′drə, fĕd′rə)
n. Greek Mythology
The daughter of Pasiphaë and wife of Theseus who killed herself after accusing her stepson Hippolytus of rape.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the wife of Theseus, who falsely accused her stepson Hippolytus of raping her and then hanged herself because he spurned her amorous advances
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(ˈfi drə, ˈfɛd rə)

(in Greek myth) a daughter of Minos and wife of Theseus, who fell in love with her stepson, Hippolytus.
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[ˈfiːdrə] nFedra
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"Then I saw Phaedra, and Procris, and fair Ariadne daughter of the magician Minos, whom Theseus was carrying off from Crete to Athens, but he did not enjoy her, for before he could do so Diana killed her in the island of Dia on account of what Bacchus had said against her.
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NEWPORT - The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will present Jean Racine's classic tragedy, "Phaedra," starring Helen Mirren, via high definition satellite broadcast Friday from the National Theatre in London.
Summary: After a two-year absence the actress Phaedra will star in the new film "Haflat Mowet" (Death Party)
Xavier Villaurrutia's La hiedra [The Ivy] (1941) dialogues with Hippolytus and most remarkably with Phaedra. These three plays are metatheatrical in themselves, for the version of Hippolytus as is known now is already a second version of the first story written by Euripides.
Phaedra is the heroine of the first book, and it is her son Ambrose, whose life has been threatened since he was a toddler, who is the main character in this sequel, which opens as Ambrose is 13 years old, eager to see a wider world than the isolated farm where he and his mother have been hiding.
John Dickinson's Cup Of The World (0385750250, $15.95) tells of Phaedra, who puts her trust in a man she's only met in dreams.
From the frightened Hippolytus of Phaedra to the roughedged Adam in Embattled Garden, he has explored not only the effect of each character but its source.