By Poulheria Kyriakou
This is often the 1st significant statement onEuropides' Iphigenia in Tauris to seem in English in additional than sixty five years and does complete justice to an undeservedly missed tragedy. It sheds gentle on Euripides' interesting therapy of fable, which makes the play an attractive scan in his occupation. The advent and statement speak about greatly the play's well-known acceptance and intrigue scenes and its interesting presentation of the connection of gods and people. The remark additionally bargains clean insights into the play's advanced depiction of Greeks and barbarians, and the position of cult in 5th century Athens.
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Extra info for A Commentary on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris
V. Date 39 also several extras in the play. Thoas enters with at least four and probably six or more attendants (see on 1207-8). Apart from the three and possibly more escorts accompanying the purification party to the shore, temple servants probably carry the implements necessary for the purification sacrifice (see on 1222-25). The exact number and movements of other extras pose more difficult problems, especially because some of them are addressed by Iphigeneia and ordered to perform tasks (468-71, 628, 725-26).
In the Introduction to his commentary (60) Cropp also suggests that other data of a similar kind (types of resolution, the use of trochaic tetrameters [1203-33] and of choriambic dimeters in the stasima) narrow down the interval to 414-412. 38 This places IT very soon after the dated Troades, very close to Ion (probably 414 or 413), possibly before Helen and almost certainly before the plays produced in the last six years of Euripides' life. It is difficult to reach more precise conclusions. Ion may have preceded IT or vice versa.
At least one attendant assists Iphigeneia in the pouring of the libations (167-69). This person or persons may have accompanied her already in her first appearance (see on 1-66) and may be male or female. If the assistants were at least two men and they stayed on after the libations, they may be the servants told to guard the captives at 628 and dismissed at 725-26. In this case, the men addressed and dismissed at 468-71 are Taurian guards who brought the captives to the temple, with or without the cowherd.
A Commentary on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris by Poulheria Kyriakou