Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Phaedra meaning and name origin
From the Greek Φαιδρα (Phaidra), derived from φαιδρος (phaidros) meaning "bright". Phaedra was the daughter of Minos and the wife of Theseus in Greek mythology. Aphrodite caused her to fall in love with her stepson Hippolytos, and after she was rejected by him she killed herself.
Origin of name
In Greek mythology, Phaedra (Greek Φαίδρα - Fedra) is the daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë, sister of Ariadne, wife of Theseus and the mother of Demophon of Athens and Acamas. Phaedra's name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός (phaidros), which meant "bright".
Though married to Theseus, Phaedra fell in love with Hippolytus, Theseus' son born by either Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, or Antiope, her sister. Euripides placed this story twice on the Athenian stage, of which one version survives. According to some sources, Hippolytus had spurned Aphrodite to remain a steadfast and virginal devotee of Artemis, and Aphrodite made Phaedra fall in love with him as a punishment. He rejected her.
In one version, Phaedra's nurse told Hippolytus of her love, and he swore he would not reveal her as a source of information. In revenge, Phaedra wrote Theseus a letter that claimed Hippolytus raped her. Theseus believed her and cursed Hippolytus with one of the three curses he had received from Poseidon. As a result, Hippolytus' horses were frightened by a sea monster and dragged their rider to his death.
Alternatively, after Phaedra told Theseus that Hippolytus had raped her, Theseus killed his son and Phaedra committed suicide out of guilt for she had not intended Hippolytus to die. Artemis later told Theseus the truth. In a third version, Phaedra simply told Theseus this and did not kill herself; Dionysus sent a wild bull which terrified Hippolytus' horses.
Nameday: 29th of November
Phaedra is a very spiritual and enjoy of solitude and meditation. Her Dream Vacation on a desert island would be good reading. She likes to analyze, study, think and dream and that is why she prefers mental activities. It is a very private person and groups of friends are very small, it costs as much socializing is not to her liking. Friends who have the well preserved and have great affection and Phaedra is very sincere and a very good friend. She has great qualities to be a writer, artist or being a great scholar.
Phaedra's story & photo gallery
Phaedra has arrived! She is aged 6-7 yrs old,very shy & frightenen of humans.We were told she was in foal to a horse but after several vet tests we discovered that she is not which is a huge relief as her legs are too weak to carry the weight of a foal. She is settling in well & gaining confidence.
Latest news on Phaedra
November 1 2012
And here's our Donkey of the Month November...PHAEDRA was rescued and brought to our sanctuary late summer 2011, even though she is only about 7 yrs old she has no coordination and stumbles often. When Phaedra had her first Vet check up wi...th the GAWF Outreach Team, her illness was diagnosed as being neurological, it can however be helped considerably with daily Bute and a course injections. Phaedra is a large and very handsome donkey with a very sweet character..
Our new arrival Phaedra gets a big welcome from the curious donkeys at our Sanctuary
March 22 2012
PHAEDRA was rescued and brought to our sanctuary late last summer, even though she is only about 7 yrs old she has no coordination and stumbles often.
Last weekend Phaedra had her first Vet check up with the GAWF Outreach Team and her illness was diagnosed as being neurological, it can however be helped considerably with daily Bute and a course injections.
Phaedra is a large and very handsome donkey with a very sweet character..
September 17 2012
Phaedra was a model for one of our funny pictures and did it with great pleasure :-)