Seneca in Hyppolyto
Sources and parallels
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A description of the power of Cupido / Eros is to be found in Sen. Hippol. 177 sqq.: Phaedra's answer to her nurse, after the latter had tried to dissuade her from giving in to her love for her stepson Hippolytus. In Euripides' Hippolytus it is not the power of Eros but of Aphrodite. He even orders gods to leave heaven and live on earth in disguise / under a false identity: there is no mythological evidence of Eros'/Cupid's actually ordering gods to leave their heavenly abode, but in his multiple amorous quests Zeus/Jupiter for instance woed mortal women and boys in disguise: as an eagle, a swan, a boar, a bull etc.