By Poulheria Kyriakou

This can be the 1st significant observation onEuropides' Iphigenia in Tauris to seem in English in additional than sixty five years and does complete justice to an undeservedly ignored tragedy. It sheds gentle on Euripides' interesting therapy of delusion, which makes the play an enticing test in his profession. The creation and remark talk about generally the play's recognized attractiveness and intrigue scenes and its attention-grabbing presentation of the connection of gods and people. The observation additionally deals clean insights into the play's advanced depiction of Greeks and barbarians, and the function of cult in 5th century Athens.

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37 The dated plays are Alcestis (438), Medea (431), Hippolytus (428), Troades (415), Helen (412), Orestes (408), Bacchae (406) and IA (406). The fragmentary Andromeda was produced with Helen in 412. Some other plays are dated approximately on non-metrical evidence, Hecuba (probably after 423 and before 418), Supplices 40 Introduction tain, that a play with a relatively high resolution rate and a relatively great number of resolution types is relatively late. Based on resolution rate and using rigorous statistical methods unavailable to earlier researchers, Cropp and Fick (1985) 23 place IT between 417-412.

3) The character of Pylades, Orestes' cousin, best friend, and brother-in-law, is more predictable than those of Iphigeneia and Orestes because his main feature, unalterable throughout tradition, is his loyalty to Orestes and willingness to offer him unconditional help. As suggested above (Ib[3] n. 7), there is no explicit indication that Pylades assisted Orestes in the murder of Clytaemestra, but Pylades' collaboration is standard in all other surviving plays that dramatize the legend of Orestes' matricide, and IT does not explicitly contradict this tradition.

The play does not deal so much with the repetition of past wrongs or the punishment of past crimes as with mortal attempts to come to terms with incredible, seemingly accidental, reversals, the unexpected onslaught of disaster or emergence of salvation. II. Myth and cult (1) No other extant play dramatizes the myth of IT and there survives no secure information about any previous treatment of this myth. Sophocles' Chryses (fr. 726-30) may have dealt with the escape of Iphigeneia and Orestes from Tauris and their pursuit by Thoas.

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