By Poulheria Kyriakou
This can be the 1st significant statement onEuropides' Iphigenia in Tauris to seem in English in additional than sixty five years and does complete justice to an undeservedly overlooked tragedy. It sheds gentle on Euripides' interesting remedy of delusion, which makes the play an attractive test in his profession. The advent and observation speak about broadly the play's well-known popularity and intrigue scenes and its attention-grabbing presentation of the connection of gods and people. The remark additionally bargains clean insights into the play's complicated depiction of Greeks and barbarians, and the function of cult in 5th century Athens.
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24 Gomperz]), whose source is identified as Hesiod (fr. 23b). The Catalogue says that Clytaemestra's daughter Iphimede was sacrificed by the Achaeans but saved by Artemis who substituted a phantom for the girl and immortalized Iphimede as her attendant under the name of Artemis Einodia. 1) report that Iphigeneia became Hecate according to Hesiod. This points to a modification of the Hesiodic version on the part of Stesichorus or is simply a mistake. Stesichorus' fr. 217 perhaps also refers to the marriage intrigue.
14 In most poetic treatments of the myth in the fifth century Iphigeneia dies at Aulis; see P. P. 22-23, A. Ag. 184-257, 1412-21, 1555-59, S. El. 530-76, and other plays of Euripides himself (An. 624-25, El. 1018-29, Tr. 370-72, Or. 658-59). (2) Thus, while the salvation of Iphigeneia and her transport to Tauris is not Euripides' invention, Orestes' trip to Tauris, the recognition of the siblings, their return to Greece with the statue and the cults at Halae and Brauron possibly are. Similarly, the reason given in IT for Iphigeneia's sacrifice has no known precedent: in earlier versions of the story Artemis withheld the winds or sent adverse weather to punish Agamemnon for an offense committed at Aulis (see on 15-16).
O. Hulton, "Euripides and the Iphigenia L e g e n d " Mnemosyne 15 (1962) 364-68, Hollinshead (1985) 420-30, Brule (1987) 180-203, D o w d e n (1989) 10-24 and Aretz (1999) 47-229. II. 103). 14 In most poetic treatments of the myth in the fifth century Iphigeneia dies at Aulis; see P. P. 22-23, A. Ag. 184-257, 1412-21, 1555-59, S. El. 530-76, and other plays of Euripides himself (An. 624-25, El. 1018-29, Tr. 370-72, Or. 658-59). (2) Thus, while the salvation of Iphigeneia and her transport to Tauris is not Euripides' invention, Orestes' trip to Tauris, the recognition of the siblings, their return to Greece with the statue and the cults at Halae and Brauron possibly are.
A Commentary on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris by Poulheria Kyriakou