Euripides' Hippolytos

Euripides' Hippolytos

by Euripides
     
 


Aphrodite, goddess of love, is offended that Hippolytos, son of King Theseus, has devoted his life not to her worship but to the worship of Artemis and to the hunt. In revenge, Aphrodite makes Queen Phaedra, stepmother of Hippolytos, fall in love with him. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Phaedra commits suicide, but not before leaving a note accusing…  See more details below

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Aphrodite, goddess of love, is offended that Hippolytos, son of King Theseus, has devoted his life not to her worship but to the worship of Artemis and to the hunt. In revenge, Aphrodite makes Queen Phaedra, stepmother of Hippolytos, fall in love with him. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Phaedra commits suicide, but not before leaving a note accusing Hippolytos of having encouraged Phaedra's affections. Enraged, Theseus calls on the god Poseidon to kill Hippolytos, which he does. But in his death throes, Hippolytos convinces his father of his innocence. Theseus is destroyed by all of this, and Aphrodite's revenge is complete.
Original illustrations silk-screened on handmade paper accompany the retelling of Euripides' gripping tale. This unique, handcrafted book will be a treasured addition to the libraries of those who love the arts of ancient Greece and the art of fine, contemporary bookmaking.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The Greek playwright Euripides' (480-406 B.C.) tragedy of warring goddesses and feckless human lovers is retold by Rao and Wolf in a simplified narrative form. But the tale of the doomed Hippolytos and his stepmother Phaedra's destruction by Aphrodite becomes almost secondary to the presentation itself. Only open the slim, handsome book and one is engulfed by the smell of fresh paint. Not merely the endpapers and full-page stylized Grecian-figure illustrations (in three colors), but also the two-color type (to distinguish between dialogue and narration) have been silk screened by hand on handmade paper. Next, the pages were stitched and bound by hand. This small miracle was produced by the Tara workshop commune in India that specializes in completely handmade books. Buy the book for advanced literature classes, yes. But also buy the book for art classes so students can see, touch, and inhale what the process of bookmaking used to be about.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892368648
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

The illustrator, Indrapramit Roy, is an artist and professor of art history. He lives in India.

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