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Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

M. J. Cropp

Abstract

Iphigenia in Tauris tells the story of the princess Iphigenia who was sacrificed by her father Agamemnon to expedite his campaign against Troy but was rescued by the goddess Artemis and transported to the land of the Taurians. There she herself must perform human sacrifices as a priestess of Artemis in the local cult. Troy has now been sacked, and Agamemnon murdered by his wife and avenged by his son Orestes. With his mother's blood on his hands, Orestes is guided by Apollo to seek purification through bringing the image of the Tauric Artemis to Greece, and so is reunited with his sister. The ... More

Keywords: Iphigenia, Agamemnon, Troy, Artemis, Taurians, human sacrifice, Orestes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780856686528
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856686528.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. J. Cropp, author