Special Sub-Topic: Infidelity in Greek Myth
|Phaedra, wife of Theseus, fell in love with her stepson Hippolytus and tried to seduce him, but he remained indifferent. In vengeance, she accused him of trying to rape her. Theseus asked which god to punish his son? |
Poseidon. Hippolytus died while driving a chariot because his horses were frightened by Poseidon's bull which had emerged from the sea. Phaedra, in despair, committed suicide.
|Clytemnestra plotted with her lover, Aegisthus, to kill her husband Agamemnon. They murdered Agamemnon and his lover, the prophetess Cassandra. What was the subsequent fate of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra? |
they were killed by Agamemnon's son, Orestes. Agamemmon was the leader of the Greek forces during the Trojan War. He was killed shortly after his return from Troy.
|Menelaus was Agamemnon's brother. He was married to Helen, the most beautiful woman on Earth. But Helen ran off with Paris, the son of King Priam of Troy. This led to the Trojan war. Did Menelaus manage to get her back?|
yes, and they lived happily again. According to some myths, Helen didn't run off but was abducted by Paris. In other myths, she went with Hermes to Egypt and it was only her cloudy phantom that accompanied Paris. The real Helen was reunited with Menelaus after the end of the Trojan War.
|Medea, a famous sorceresses, fell in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts seeking the Golden Fleece and helped him to get it. They got married and had two children. But Jason broke up with her in order to marry Creusa, the daughter of the Corinthian king Creon. Medea took her vengeance - how? |
she killed her own children and the bride. Medea gave the young bride a poisoned gown which stuck to her body when she put it on and burned her to death. Then Medea, in her insatiable vengeance, murdered her own and Jason's children.
|The goddess of love, Aphrodite, was married to the crippled god of fire, Hephaestus, but was unfaithful to him. Among her many mortal lovers the most famous was perhaps Adonis. What happened to him? |
he was fatally wounded by a wild boar and died. According to some myths, Aphrodite was forced to marry Hephaestus, the steadiest of gods, by Zeus, who was afraid that the gods would fight over Aphrodite's hand in marriage.
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