Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris

(1659 words)

Iphigenia among the Taurians, produced ca. 414, is a play that ends happily for its protagonists Orestes, Iphigenia, and Pylades. For moderns that would make it not a tragedy but a tragicomedy. But for the ancient Athenians it was a tragôidia, that is a play about the figures of myth (this distinguishes it from a komôidia, which is about the comic poet’s contemporaries) and also does not have a chorus of satyrs (this distinguishes it from a drama satyrikon or satyr play, the burlesque on heroic themes presented as the fourth of the four plays a tragic poet presented at the Dionysia). In fact, Aristotle in his Poetics cites Iphigenia among the Taurians as a model for …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Kovacs, David. "Iphigenia in Tauris". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 May 2011
[, accessed 09 October 2015.]