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Iphigenia in Tauris

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By: (484 BC - 406 BC)

Euripides' "Iphigenia in Tauris" is a powerful and compelling tragedy that explores themes of family, duty, and fate. The play follows the story of Iphigenia, a princess who is believed to have been sacrificed by her father, Agamemnon, to appease the gods and ensure a successful journey to Troy. However, Iphigenia is revealed to be alive and serving as a priestess in Tauris.

The play delves into the inner turmoil and conflict faced by Iphigenia as she grapples with her past, her present circumstances, and the prospect of returning home. Throughout the play, Euripides masterfully weaves together elements of suspense, deception, and redemption, creating a tense and gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

One of the most striking aspects of "Iphigenia in Tauris" is the complex characterization of Iphigenia herself. As a woman caught between conflicting loyalties and desires, Iphigenia emerges as a multifaceted and deeply human character, struggling to reconcile her role as a priestess with her longing for freedom and autonomy. Her emotional journey is both heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, inviting readers to ponder the enduring questions of identity, morality, and the nature of heroism.

Overall, "Iphigenia in Tauris" is a timeless and poignant work that continues to resonate with audiences today. Euripides' deft storytelling, rich symbolism, and evocative language make this play a must-read for anyone interested in classical literature or the complexities of the human experience.

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Orestes, coming into Tauri in Scythia, in company with Pylades, had been commanded to bear away the image of Diana, after which he was to meet with a respite from the avenging Erinnyes of his mother. His sister Iphigenia, who had been carried away by Diana from Aulis, when on the point of being sacrificed by her father, chances to be expiating a dream that led her to suppose Orestes dead, when a herdsman announces to her the arrival and detection of two strangers, whom she is bound by her office to sacrifice to Diana. On meeting, a mutual discovery takes place, and they plot their escape.

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