Author: Jean Baptiste Racine

Scene VI Hippolytus, Theramenes

THERAMENES Is that the form of Phaedra that I see Hurried away? What mean these signs of sorrow? Where is your sword? Why are you pale, confused?

HIPPOLYTUS Friend, let us fly. I am, indeed, confounded With horror and astonishment extreme. Phaedra—but no; gods, let this dreadful secret Remain for ever buried in oblivion.

THERAMENES The ship is ready if you wish to sail. But Athens has already giv’n her vote; Their leaders have consulted all her tribes; Your brother is elected, Phaedra wins.


THERAMENES A herald, charged with a commission From Athens, has arrived to place the reins Of power in her hands. Her son is King.

HIPPOLYTUS Ye gods, who know her, do ye thus reward Her virtue?

THERAMENES A faint rumour meanwhile whispers That Theseus is not dead, but in Epirus Has shown himself. But, after all my search, I know too well—

HIPPOLYTUS Let nothing be neglected. This rumour must be traced back to its source. If it be found unworthy of belief, Let us set sail, and cost whate’er it may, To hands deserving trust the sceptre’s sway.


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Chicago: Jean Baptiste Racine, "Scene VI Hippolytus, Theramenes," Phaedra, ed. CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb and trans. Robert Boswell in Phaedra (New York: The Modern Library Publishers, 1918), Original Sources, accessed March 23, 2019,

MLA: Racine, Jean Baptiste. "Scene VI Hippolytus, Theramenes." Phaedra, edited by CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb, and translated by Robert Boswell, in Phaedra, New York, The Modern Library Publishers, 1918, Original Sources. 23 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Racine, JB, 'Scene VI Hippolytus, Theramenes' in Phaedra, ed. and trans. . cited in 1918, Phaedra, The Modern Library Publishers, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 March 2019, from