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Euripides, Iphigenia In Tauris 123–36

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This chapter deals with one of the plays of Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris. It deals specifically with the lines 123-36 of the play. The persons addressed (in weighty lyric anapaests, the same metre continuing in 126 ff.) are inhabitants of the 'Pontic/Black Sea' region defined by association with the fabled 'twin clashing rocks' (elsewhere 'Symplegades', with the traditional epithet 'Cyan, dark'); a thematic feature of the 'exotic' geography of this play (cf. 241, 260, 392, 422, 746, 889-90) with some poetic 'blurring', the Taurians' land being a long way beyond the Thracian Bosporus when coming from Greece.

Keywords: Iphigenia in Tauris 123-36; Euripides; Hippolytus; Phaedra



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