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Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris$
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M. J. Cropp

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780856686528

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856686528.001.0001

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Introduction to Iphigenia in Tauris

Introduction to Iphigenia in Tauris

(p.31) Introduction to Iphigenia in Tauris
Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

M. J. Cropp

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses that Euripides's Iphigenia in Tauris rewrites the myths of Iphigenia and Orestes and gives them new endings, which combines the two in a play and focuses on rescues, redemptions and restorations. It mentions that Iphigenia returns to the Hellenic world from exile in a barbarous realm, and Orestes is freed at last from the Furies' persecution. It also reviews Iphigenia's prologue-speech, which recalls how her father offered her to Artemis as the price for the launching of his fleet against Troy. The chapter cites the Chorus of Iphigenia, consisting of well-born Hellenic women whose experience of captivity, exile and loss of marriage parallels Iphigenia's experiences. It describes the original production of Iphigenia, in which three actors shared the play's seven speaking roles and are accompanied by a chorus of fifteen and numerous extras.

Keywords:   Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris, Orestes, prologue-speech, Hellenic women

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