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Iphigenia in Tauris

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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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THE TRAGEDIES OF EURIPIDES.

LITERALLY TRANSLATED OR REVISED, WITH CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY NOTES,

BY THEODORE ALOIS BUCKLEY, OF CHRIST CHURCH.

VOL. I.

HECUBA, ORESTES, PHOENISSÆ, MEDEA, HIPPOLYTUS, ALCESTIS, BACCHÆ, HERACLIDÆ, IPHIGENIA IN AULIDE, AND IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS.

NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE.

1892.

PREFACE.

The translations of the first six plays in the present volume were published at Oxford some years since, and have been frequently reprinted. They are now carefully revised according to Dindorf's text, and are accompanied by a few additional notes adapted to the requirements of the student.

The translations of the Bacchæ, Heraclidæ, and the two Iphigenias, are based upon the same text, with certain exceptions, which are pointed out at the foot of the page. The annotations on the Iphigenias are almost exclusively critical, as it is presumed that a student who proceeds to the reading of these somewhat difficult plays[1], will be sufficiently advanced in his acquaintance with the Greek drama to dispense with more elementary information... Continue reading book >>


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