Agamemnon at first refuses but, pressured by the other commanders, eventually agrees. And when the liars are at the same time public servants or rulers, they often hide behind the mask of duty, hoping that loyalty towards their official obligations will excuse or justify their crimes.
It contributed to a vogue for the Tauris story in the city. In the second half of the seventeenth century, Holland had small reading societies at which roles were allocated to the members and plays were read aloud in a group.
The mother and daughter happily went to the port of Aulisonly to find out the horrible truth. Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis has kindly identified the chintz. Thoas agrees that this must be done, and suspects nothing.
Apollo orders Orestes—to escape persecution by the Erinyes for killing his mother, Clytemnestra, and her lover—to go to Tauris.
The herdsman leaves to fetch the strangers. Act 1[ edit ] Scene: Furthermore, she has had a prophetic dream about her younger brother Orestes and believes that he is dead.
Else I shall become a curse upon your house, Orestes. Iphigenia Iphigenia was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra in Greek mythology.
If Agamemnon refuses, it is likely they will turn on him and kill him and his family. The priestesses bring in Orestes, who has been prepared for sacrifice Chorus: Plays were also read out loud in domestic settings. His intent, almost certainly, was to mock the self-righteous behavior of seventeenth-century theologians, much as the playwright Samuel Coster had done earlier in the century.
In this country, called after the bull Taurus that appeared on the altar at Aulis, hospitality was dishonoured, and foreigners, or whatever stranger who happened to come within the Taurian borders, were systematically put to death and thrown into the sacred fire in the temple of Artemis.
So then let none of the Argives lay hands on me, for I will bravely yield my neck without a word. This was quite daring in these years of strong antagonism between two factions of the Dutch Reformed Church: Steen enriched the right foreground with a translucent bottle of oil and a basket of roses half-covered by a splendid piece of Indian chintz.
It was then, they say, for extraordinary things are rarely forgotten that Iphigenia vanished, and in her place lay upon the ground a big deer, or some say a young bull, bedewing the altar with its blood.
Smits-Veld, Samuel Coster, ethicus-didacticus Groningen Plot[ edit ] The scene represents the front of the temple of Artemis in the land of the Taurians modern Crimea. Orestes and Pylades exit. For that reason, Iphigenia said, she was taking, along with the prisoners, the statue of Artemis out under the pure heaven, to be purged of blood, and then to the beach to be cleansed by the water of the sea, which, they say, can wash clean all the foulness of mankind.
Act 4[ edit ] Scene: It is on account of this abduction that The Oath of Tyndareus was invoked, forcing all princes that had sworn it to join the coalition that was determined to sail to Troy in order to demand, by persuasion or by force, the restoration of Helen and the property that the seducer Parisbreaking all laws of hospitality, had stolen.
Iphigenia and her priestesses beg the gods to protect them from the storm Grands dieux! And they add that on her return to SpartaHelen entrusted Iphigenia to her sister Clytaemnestrawho brought her up as if she had been her own child so that Helen could pretend that she was still a virgin.
Steen also added a number of figures not mentioned in literary sources to enhance his narrative.Knowing that his wife, Clytemnestra, would never agree to the sacrifice, Agamemnon dispatched a message asking her to send Iphigenia to him so she could be married to the Greek hero Achilles*.
At this point in the myth, the story varies. Definition: In Greek mythology, the story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia is one of the brave and tragic tales about the House of Atreus. Iphigenia is usually called the daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. Iphigenia in Tauris They know that the Taurians sacrifice Hellene blood in their temple of Artemis.
Orestes and Pylades exit. Iphigenia enters and discusses her sad life with the chorus, composed of captive Greek maidens, attendants of Iphigenia. The attendants to Iphigenia leave to prepare for the sacrifice. Iphigenia asks Orestes his.
And for those who sailed to Troy the sacrifice of Iphigenia became soon a minor tale, compared to what came after it. For the Achaeans, As a result not much is known about Iphigenia's life in Tauris, except that she performed the rites that were prescribed. François Perrier's The Sacrifice of Iphigenia (17th century), depicting Agamemnon's sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia In Greek mythology, Iphigenia (/ ɪ f ɪ dʒ ɪ ˈ n aɪ.
ə / ; Ancient Greek: Ἰφιγένεια, Iphigeneia) was a daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra, and thus a Play: Iphigenia in Tauris, Electra, Iphigenia in Aulis. Special Topics: The Sacrifice of Iphigenia the representations of the myth through art.
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