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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Pater’s ‘Hippolytus Veiled’

Pater’s ‘Hippolytus Veiled’

A Study from Euripides?

(p.183) 10 Pater’s ‘Hippolytus Veiled’
Pater the Classicist

Lene Østermark-Johansen

Oxford University Press

While the entire text of Euripides’ successful Hippolytos Stephanephoros (‘Hippolytus who offers a garland’) (428 BC) remains, only some forty lines of his Hippolytos Kalyptomenos (‘Hippolytus who covered his head’) survive. In 1889 Pater published an imaginary portrait entitled ‘Hippolytus Veiled: A Study from Euripides’. This essay discusses the interrelationship between Pater’s text and the two Hippolytus plays: are we dealing with a reconstruction of a lost text, a free interpretation of Euripides’ extant Hippolytus play, or Pater’s own version of what he would wish Euripides had written? The publication of ‘Hippolytus Veiled’ was a timely one; it coincided with a range of new critical editions, translations, and reconstructions of lost Euripides plays by classical scholars like Tyrrell and Mahaffy and poets like Browning, Swinburne, and A. Mary F. Robinson. This essay positions Pater’s text within the reception of Euripides in the last decades of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Walter Pater, Euripides, Hippolytus, imaginary portrait, fragment

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