Euripides: Iphigenia among the Taurians (inbunden)
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Euripides: Iphigenia among the Taurians (inbunden)

Euripides: Iphigenia among the Taurians

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In this new student introduction to a Greek tragedy, Isabelle Torrance looks at what makes Iphigenia among the Taurians a successful tragedy in ancient Greek terms, and how dramatic excitement is achieved through the exotic setting, the cast of characters, and the chorus. Assuming no knowledge of Greek, and with students in mind, the central themes of ethnicity and gender relations are examined to show how Euripides manipulates established stereotypes. The play was one of Aristotle's favourites and his enthusiasm derived from the fact that, in spite of its ostensibly happy ending, the play presents the audience with an exquisitely constructed reversal of events: when Iphigenia recognizes that she has been about to sacrifice her long-lost brother, kin-murder is avoided and the plot turns into an escape drama. Other significant concerns of the play surround ritual and the gods, and these are discussed to highlight how the drama asks probing theological questions. Finally, the vast reception history of the play in a variety of genres, such as ancient comedy, Roman philosophy, European opera, and 20th century theatre, is sketched out from antiquity to the present day.
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Isabelle Torrance is Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. She has published Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes (Bloomsbury Academic, 2007), Metapoetry in Euripides (2013), Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (with Alan Sommerstein, 2014), Aeschylus and War (2017).


Preface List of Illustrations 1. Setting, Action, Plot 2. Characters and Chorus 3. Ethnicity and Gender 4. Ritual and the Gods 5. Reception Glossary of Greek and Technical Terms Guide to Further Reading Selected Chronology Notes Bibliography Index