Violence and family bounds in Phaedra's theme

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In World Culture love is presented as one the major topics explored by its intervenients. Concerning our study, it presents love and sexuality in terms of its
disruptiveness: they are characterized as a force that destabilizes the status quo of human communities, leading to situations of Love/ Violence and Love/ Death.
From this point of view, the Theme of Phaedra (after Thompson‟s Motif-Index) can be analysed in this perspective. Its variations allow him to adapt to different chronologies – from early Sumerian Literature to its Greco-Roman counterpart –, but both its object and content remain the same: in a mixture of wrath, humiliation and fear, Phaedra‟s love leads to Hippolytus‟ death and, consequently, to the perturbation of the family‟s life and sociability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventA Violência no Mundo Antigo e Medieval - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 17 Feb 201418 Feb 2014


  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Hippolytus
  • Phaedra
  • Death
  • Violence
  • Sexuality


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