HIPPOLYTUSAlso known as HIPPOLYTOS, HYPPOLYTE, HYPPOLYTA, HIPPOLYTTA
Son of [THESEUS] the Minotaur Slayer and his mistress [ANTIOPE].He was not a happy lad and did not like life in the palace where he grew up. When a trumped-up charge of attempting to rape his stepmother Phaedra reached his ears he fled in a chariot.
THESEUS prayed to the Gods to stop him, and POSEIDON, being nearest as the chariot was hurtling along a coastal road, sent a huge wave, which startled the horses into causing a crash with fatal results.
For a time, anyway. When ARTEMIS, his patron Goddess, heard about it she was livid. She demanded that her client be restored to life as he was innocent of any crime and POSEIDON had not been asked to destroy him anyway.
This in turn upset the FATES, who had not been consulted on this emergency raising of the dead. It meant taking in a lot of extra sewing and having to unpick lots of threads — and someone would have to pay. They threatened to go on strike unless someone was stitched up, so ZEUS had to kill ASCLEPIUS with a thunderbolt to keep them happy.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Legendary Mortal
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HIPPOLYTOS, HYPPOLYTE, HYPPOLYTA, HIPPOLYTTA
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