Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

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Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts


February 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.

Author Information

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
General Editor's Foreword9
Abbreviations and Bibliography for Iphigenia11
General Bibliography for Euripides17
Introduction to Iphigenia in Tauris27
Plot and Themes27
Mythical and Cultic Background39
Iphigenia and Orestes39
The Taurians43
Brauron and Halai46
The Play in the Theatre52
The Chorus in the Drama55
Date and Contemporary Plays56
The Play’s Reception in Antiquity58
Greek Text and Critical Apparatus61
Iphigenia in Tauris63
Text and Translation66