Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

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Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts


December 1st, 2000

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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 drama centers on Orestes' near-sacrifice at Iphigenia’s hands, their recognition in the nick of time, and their ingenious and thrilling escape to bring the cult of Artemis to Halae and Brauron near Athens.

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Martin J. Cropp is Professor Emeritus of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary. In the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series he has edited Euripides’ 'Electra' (1988, 2013), Euripides’ 'Iphigenia in Tauris' (2001), 'Euripides: Selected Fragmentary Plays', Volume 1 with Christopher Collard and Kevin Lee (1995, revised 2009) and Volume 2 with Christopher Collard and John Gibert (2004) and 'Minor Greek Tragedians, Volume 1: The Fifth Century' (2019).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
General Editor’s Foreword10
Abbreviations and Bibliography for Iphigenia in Tauris12
General Bibliography for Euripides18
1. Plot and Themes28
2. Mythical and Cultic Background40
3. The Play in the Theatre53
4. The Chorus in the Drama56
5. Date and Contemporary Plays57
6. The Play’s Reception in Antiquity59
7. Greek Text and Critical Apparatus62
Text and Translation64