In Euripides' drama, Hippolytus angers Aphrodite, the goddess of love, so much by worshiping the hunting goddess Artemis that she makes his Stepmother, Phaedra fall in love with him. Phaedra's aged nurse persuades her to confess her love and then informs Hippolytus, who recoils in horror. In desperation Phaedra commits suicide, but leaves a letter in which she names Hippolytus as the reason for her death. As a result he is cursed and banished by his father, Theseus. Whilst taking flight he suffers a gruesome death through Aphrodite's intervention.
Peter Roth presents a bilingual version of Hippolytus with a new prose translation. The extensive commentary requires no prior knowledge of Greek, providing information on factual issues and questions of interpretation. An extensive introduction deals with performance arrangements, the underlying myth, the language and metrics, and general questions of interpretation.