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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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Iphigenia in Tauris

Iphigenia in Tauris

(p.67) Iphigenia in Tauris
Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

M. J. Cropp

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the text and translation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris, the myths of Iphigenia and Orestes with a different conclusion. Iphigenia and Orestes, the heirs of the troubled dynasty of Argos, are released from their tribulations and with them go the women of the Chorus that were redeemed from slavery and the goddess Artemis who quit the Taurians and their primitive rites for a better home and more civilized cult in Greece. Thoas renounces wrath, pursuit, and vengeance along with the goddess's image, while the unrelenting Furies join their more amenable sisters in the Eumenides' sanctuary at Athens. The plot of Iphigenia in Tauris travels to the happy conclusions from a beginning mired in suffering, grief, and near-despair. The novelty of this plot is matched by the ingenuity of the play's dramatic structure.

Keywords:   Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris, Orestes, Iphigenia, Taurians, Thoas, Furies

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