Our name


 Our name comes from Faidra, who was the daughter of king Minos and Pasiphae, younger sister of Ariadne. She married Theseus after his previous wife had died, and bore him two sons: Acamantas and Demophon. The couple lived as king and queen of Athens, and Faidra kept herself busy with the court affairs and building temples.

 After Theseus had killed the sons of Pallas, he had to go to Troizen for purification. Faidra came along and settled in quarters over- looking the stadium. There, she saw Theseus son Hippolytos excercising naked every day, and fell madly in love. On this spot, where she would spy on him a temple to Artemis Catascopia (the Spy) would be built.

 Desperate to have him, Faidra wrote a long letter to Hippolytos, declaring her feelings for him and how badly the women of her family had been treated by men. She told him not to worry about the incest, even the gods had incestuous relationship.

 Hippolytos rejected Faidra, disgusted with her flirtation. We do not know exactly how the story ends, but according to one version Faidra cried rape and hanged herself. According to another Hippolytos was killed for raping her, but Theseus found out the truth and reconciliated with his son before he died. Then, Faidra commited suicide.