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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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Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

M. J. Cropp

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the commentary for Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris, which begins with the introductory scene that sets the basis for the action of the play and introduces the main characters, explaining their situation and history. It details how Euripides' plays always begin with a solo prologue speech and usually have at least one dramatic scene before moving into lyric mode for the Chorus's arrival. Iphigenia's speech is addressed to the audience to convey the emotional dimensions of her past and her present predicament. The detailed narrative of Iphigenia's sacrifice and rescue emphasizes the grandeur and ambition of the Trojan expedition and picks out the individuals she associates with her suffering. Calchas' s proclamation of the will of Artemis is dramatized through direct speech.

Keywords:   Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris, prologue speech, Iphigenia, Chorus, Trojan expedition, direct speech

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