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Iphigenia in Aulis

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By: (484 BC - 406 BC)

Euripides’ play, Iphigenia in Aulis, is a powerful and deeply moving tragedy that explores themes of sacrifice, duty, and the consequences of war. The story follows the Greek army as they prepare to sail to Troy, but find themselves stuck in Aulis due to unfavorable winds. In order to appease the gods and ensure a successful voyage, Agamemnon is forced to make a heartbreaking decision – to sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia.

The play delves into the complexities of morality and the lengths to which people will go in the name of honor and duty. Euripides masterfully weaves together the emotional struggles of each character, from Agamemnon grappling with his role as a father and a leader, to Iphigenia coming to terms with her fate.

The language in the play is both poetic and evocative, drawing the audience in and immersing them in the characters’ emotions. The tension and drama build steadily throughout, leading to a heartbreaking and tragic climax that leaves a lasting impact on the reader.

Overall, Iphigenia in Aulis is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences today. Euripides’ exploration of sacrifice and the consequences of war is both thought-provoking and emotionally affecting, making this play a must-read for anyone interested in Greek tragedy.

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Iphigenia in Aulis is the last extant work of the playwright Euripides. The Greek fleet is waiting at Aulis, Boeotia, with its ships ready to sail for Troy, but it is unable to depart due to a strange lack of wind. After consulting the seer Calchas, the Greek leaders learn that this is no mere meteorological abnormality but rather the will of the goddess Artemis, who is withholding the winds because Agamemnon has caused her offense. Calchas informs the general that in order to appease the goddess, he must sacrifice his eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Agamemnon, in spite of his horror, must consider this seriously because his assembled troops, who have been waiting on the beach and are increasingly restless, may rebel if their bloodlust is not satisfied. He sends a message to his wife, Clytemnestra, telling her to send Iphigenia to Aulis on the pretext that the girl is to be married to the Greek warrior Achilles before he sets off to fight.

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