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Euripides, Electra 432–486 And Iphigenia In Tauris 827–899

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Three of Euripides' surviving plays have Orestes (with Pylades) and a sister as principal characters. Having edited and translated two of them, it may be considered appropriate that Professor Cropp should be honoured with a contribution partly adversarial indeed from this editor of the third such play. As always in Euripides, especially in the 'Alphabetic' plays, there are numerous troubling issues for the textual critic, and Electra gets into its stride with a controversial opening verse. But, apart from a footnote on that, the author shall confine to discussion of sundry issues, familiar and less familiar, in the First Stasimon of Electra (especially the first pair of stanzas) and in the 'reunion' amoibaion and monody in IT. Iphigenia begins this amoibaion with a spoken verse, but then moves from speech to song, and she will conclude with monody of some length.

Keywords: Electra; Euripides; Iphigenia



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