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Proper noun[edit]

Phaedra f

  1. (obsolete) A taxonomic genus within the family Lycaenidae – now Curetis.

Further reading[edit]



From Latin Phaedra, from Ancient Greek Φαίδρα (Phaídra).
The myth has been retold several times, in plays (in classical times in Euripides' Hippolytus and Seneca the Younger's Phaedra, later in Racine's Phèdre), and more recently in other media.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (mythology) The wife of Theseus, who falls in love with but is spurned by her stepson Hippolytus, then commits suicide, but is the cause of his later death (details vary between versions).
    • 1981, Normand Berlin, The Secret Cause: A Discussion of Tragedy, page 46,
      We notice that Racine's Phaedra, like Euripides', displays high moral dignity because she considers her passion for Hippolytus to be abominable.
    • 1993, Albert S. Gérard, The Phaedra Syndrome: Of Shame and Guilt in Drama, page 20,
      Why did Seneca decide to postpone his own Phaedra’s suicide until after Hippolytus' death? The question is by no means as futile as it may sound.
    • 2003, Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, Tragedy and Athenian Religion, page 331,
      I may add that the notion that Aphrodite is especially cruel because she destroyed Phaedra, who was an innocent victim, since she had no choice, is not a perception that would have been shared by the ancient audience. Not only is it at the very least arguable—in fact likely—that in ancient eyes Phaedra did have a choice,166 but also the very notions "innocent victim since she had no choice" and "cruel because destroying an innocent victim" are unstable cultural concepts.
  2. (rare) A female given name.
  3. (astronomy) The asteroid 174 Phaedra.

Derived terms[edit]



Borrowed from Ancient Greek Φαίδρᾱ (Phaídrā).


Proper noun[edit]

Phaedra f (genitive Phaedrae); first declension

  1. (mythology) Phaedra


First declension.

Case Singular
nominative Phaedra
genitive Phaedrae
dative Phaedrae
accusative Phaedram
ablative Phaedrā
vocative Phaedra